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Man arrested after domestic dispute
Report: Kearns threw ash tray at wife, took swing at officer with bat
Michael Henry Kearns

Anger at a police officer for responding to a domestic dispute resulted in the arrest of a Brooklet man last week after he took a swing at the cop with a baseball bat.

Brooklet Police Chief Mike Buchan said Michael Henry Kearns, 36, Troy Street, was arguing with his wife Sunday, April 10, when he picked up an ash tray and threw it at his wife, striking her in the head.

He also broke a mirror during the dispute, but when his wife called for help, he fled the scene before Brooklet Police Officer Jonathan McGahee arrived.

While McGahee was interviewing the victim, "Mr. Kearns returned to the scene and became unruly," Buchan said.

Enraged, Kearns grabbed a baseball bat, then took a swing at McGahee. The wild swing went over the officer's head, and Kearns ended up shattering a patrol car window, he said.

The altercation between Kearns and his wife occurred in the presence of children. McGahee took Kearns into custody, charging him with aggravated assault, simple battery (domestic violence), cruelty to children, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and obstruction.

He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail where he remained Monday evening with a $10,000 bond.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.



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