Former deputy charged in domestic incident

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — A former Gallia County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged with one count of domestic violence and two counts of aggravated menacing, all first-degree misdemeanors, after being arrested Sunday for an incident reportedly involving his wife and mother-in-law.

According to court records, Christopher Gill, 37, of Gallipolis, appeared for arraignment in Gallipolis Municipal Court Monday morning. Gill was released on his own recognizance under the terms that he relinquish his firearms pursuant to his agreement to a protection order that he stay away from his wife and mother-in-law. Court records also state Gill is ordered to attend a domestic seminar at a behavioral health facility.

According to complaint records, deputies arrived to a residence on Ohio 588 in Gallia County after a female caller requested help immediately via a 911 call. Deputies arrived and approached an open garage door while also observing movement inside the residence. Gill’s wife exited the residence and told the deputy that Gill needed help, according to the complaint.

Deputies entered the residence and noticed a shotgun lying near the doorway and the window on the main door busted out with glass remnants across the ground. Complaints state Gill told deputies he was upset with his wife. Complaints further state deputies reported observing that Gill was allegedly intoxicated and found with a bottle of whiskey in his right hand. Deputies reported having trouble understanding Gill.

Records say Gill repeated that he did not want to hurt anyone or himself but was upset with his wife. The victim reportedly told deputies Gill never assaulted her but grabbed her by the hair and “drug her to the garage.” Reportedly, the victim said Gill held a gun near the victim’s head and fired it. The victim said she did not feel Gill was going to kill her but was terrified. Deputies spoke with the victim’s mother saying she did not recall much of what happened but said Gill fired a shot towards a window in the kitchen, which was near the direction the women were located. The women reported two or three shots heard during the incident. Deputies reported finding evidence of five shots fired and one live round recovered from the scene.

Complaints say the shotgun could carry a total of seven shells, if loaded to capacity. The firearm was taken and no shells found in it at the time of its recovery.

Gill was arrested and taken to the Gallia County Jail.

According to Gallia Chief Deputy Dick Grau, the chief deputy confirmed Gill was once a Gallia County Sheriff’s Office deputy and Gill resigned in 2014.

“It is what it is,” said Grau. “It’s no different than any other domestic.”

Grau said the office was treating the incident with due diligence and would treat the investigation as they would any other alleged crime to be investigated. The chief deputy said the situation was unfortunate for everyone. Gill cooperated with deputies with no issue during the arrest.

Gill has a pretrial court appearance Dec. 19, 10:45 a.m., according to Gallipolis Municipal Court records.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright