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Riggle Allegedly Held Firearm To Girlfriend’s, Then Own Head

August 5, 2013
By J.W. JOHNSON JR. Marshall County Bureau Chief , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Adam Riggle allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend's head and his own head before fleeing the scene of an incident last week that earned him wanton endangerment and domestic violence charges.

Riggle, 30, of Luke Lane, Wheeling, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after eluding them for a little more than a day. He was considered armed and potentially dangerous to law enforcement following the incident, which took place July 28 on Luke Lane.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Marshall County Magistrate Court, deputies responded to a domestic violence call stating Riggle had a gun that he used to fire several shots into the home of his girlfriend, Jennifer Lea Strawn, before holding it to Strawn's head. Riggle was not at the scene when deputies arrived, prompting them to search his parents' home on Chambers Lane.

Once there, they found Riggle's vehicle and spoke to Riggle's mother, who said Riggle had been at the residence but had left. Riggle allegedly told his mother he had gotten in a fight with his girlfriend and fired several rounds at her house. His mother turned the gun used in the alleged incident over to authorities.

Deputies also interviewed Strawn, who said the two were involved in an argument. She said Riggle would not let her leave the home, taking her car keys to prevent it. She then locked herself in the home, prompting Riggle to allegedly kick down the door and enter.

A physical altercation allegedly ensued, with Strawn attempting to call 911 from her cell phone. Riggle allegedly broke that phone as well as his own to prevent her from doing so.

Once Strawn was back inside of the home, Riggle allegedly fired several rounds at the home, a lawn mower and Strawn's dogs. Riggle then allegedly held the gun to Strawn's head before turning it on himself. Strawn was able to escape to a neighbor's home, and authorities were contacted.

Deputies found several empty rounds near the home matching the caliber of weapon that had been given to them by Riggle's mother.

In addition to the wanton endangerment with a firearm and domestic violence charges, Riggle also faces a charge of unlawful restraint. His bond was set at $100,000, and an Aug. 16 preliminary hearing date is set.

 
 

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