Police arrested a man Sunday night after he allegedly fired a handgun during a domestic dispute.
Kawika A. Leongneefuk-Ahnee, 38, was charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon and disorderly conduct (domestic violence), according to Maricopa police.
At about 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a home on West Sheridan Road in Maricopa Meadows for a report of a disturbance involving a weapon, according to a probable cause statement.
Officers were told that Leongneefuk-Ahnee was fighting with his wife in the living room of their home, police said. The man reportedly had a gun, but officers didn’t know if the weapon was holstered, police said.
As the first officer on scene waited outside the home for backup, he heard a single gunshot, the probable cause statement said. A dispatcher also relayed that the reporting party said they, too, heard a gunshot.
Officers forced their way into the home through a back sliding door to find Leongneefuk-Ahnee in the living room with a gun in a holster on his hip, according to police. He was detained and taken to the Maricopa Police Department.
During a police interview, Leongneefuk-Ahnee told officers that he and his wife had been arguing since the previous day, and that he decided to leave the home. He told investigators that while leaving the residence, he grabbed the handgun, turned to walk away, and tripped, accidentally pulling the trigger, police said.
The man’s wife, who was apparently the only other person in the room when the gun went off, told police that she did not see the weapon being fired.
Leongneefuk-Ahnee was booked into Pinal County Jail on the charges.