A dispute over a cell phone turned into a violent family affair Friday morning when three were arrested after a man pulled a gun on his mother's boyfriend.
After receiving a call of a domestic dispute involving an armed man, Covington Police Officer Gene Nuqui was dispatched to a residence on Settlers Glen Court where he confronted Marquez Smith at gunpoint. After forcing Smith to the ground, Nuqui searched the suspect for weapons but none where found.
Smith reportedly denied ever having a gun and said his accuser was a drunk and a liar. The victim then approached from the residence and told the officer Smith had hidden the gun down the street when he heard the police were coming.
Smith's sister, Amyy-tayona Gaither, and his mother, Jackeline Smith, also told the officers he did not have a gun, but a search of the area revealed a .380 semi-automatic pistol hidden near a cement flower pot down the street.
When told officers had found the gun, Smith reportedly changed his story, this time insisting it was his gun but he did not know how it ended up hidden. He then changed his mind again, admitting he had brought the gun, but denying he pointed it at the victim.
From conversations with both Smith and the victim, officers were reportedly able to determine the incident began when the victim and his ex-girlfriend, Jackeline Smith, had an argument over a cell phone. The victim reportedly said Jackeline Smith left his house early in the day but returned with her son and daughter. During the second visit, Smith pointed the gun at him, but he was able to run back into his house before the situation escalated.
Smith later confirmed the victim's story and admitted he had hidden the weapon. He was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with reckless conduct, aggravated assault and cruelty to children for pulling the gun in front of Gaither's 21-month-old child.
Gaither and Jackeline Smith were also arrested and charged with reckless conduct.