The owner of the Catawba Inn was arrested Tuesday after allegedly placing a loaded handgun to his girlfriend's head and threatening to shoot her.
When his fiancee refused to return an engagement ring, Chris Thompson, 43, put the 9mm handgun to her temple, cocked the hammer and threatened to pull the trigger, a Catawba Township police report said.
He was charged with felony assault and domestic violence.
The victim, 36-year-old Sara Rivera, called 911 at about 3:30 a.m. and told dispatchers she was being threatened with a gun, the report said.
Police and Ottawa County deputies raced to the 800 block of Cedar Drive, arriving to spot movement in a bedroom at the home. They rushed in and immediately arrested Thompson, who smelled like alcohol, the report said.
Rivera was hysterical.
"She reported that Mr. Thompson had pulled a silver handgun and placed it to the side of her head," the report said. "He stated he was going to kill her."
As Thompson pushed the gun's muzzle against Rivera's head, she heard a click, she told police.
She initially suspected Thompson had pulled the trigger, the report said.
Officers soon found the handgun stuffed between the headboard and mattress of a bed. It was loaded with five rounds, one chambered.
The hammer was cocked.
"I further informed her that the sounds of pulling the hammer back on the gun could easily be confused with the dry firing if the gun was placed against her head," an officer's report said. "Ms. Rivera became upset when I explained to her the condition of the gun and that only a slight trigger pull would have fired the gun in a single action."
Rivera told officers she and Thompson had been fighting over a period of days. At some point, she made up her mind to move out, and when Thompson caught wind of the plan he demanded the engagement ring back, the report said.
She refused to return the ring until she could get all her things out of the house. When she got home Tuesday night, Thompson started to get "aggressive," Rivera told police.
"She explained that he would be nice in an attempt to get close to her and then try to take the ring from her finger in a forceful manner," the report said. "During this time, she reported that Mr. Thompson struck her in the back of the head several times."
Thompson then went for his pistol, the report said.
"Thompson stated that he had killed people before and would kill her," the report said. "(He) then obtained his handgun from under the bed and put it to the side of her head."
Rivera eventually managed to break free and escape into the bathroom, where she locked the door and called 911. While she was on the phone with a dispatcher, Thompson kicked in the door, the report said.
Moments later, police rushed into the home and arrested him.
For his part, Thompson said he never pulled the gun -- he told police "it was not that big of a deal."
"(He) requested that the two just be separated for the night," the report said.
Deputies took Thompson to the Ottawa County jail. He was released the following morning after posting $3,430 bond.
"(Rivera) ... was concerned for her safety upon Mr. Thompson's release and that he would have friends harass her as well," the report said.
Police told her how to get a protection order.