Cops: M'ville woman tried to kill man who talked about her drinking

2014-02-25T20:00:00Z 2014-02-25T22:52:17Z Cops: M'ville woman tried to kill man who talked about her drinkingChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324
February 25, 2014 8:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A 57-year-old Merrillville woman allegedly pointed two different guns at a relative during a domestic dispute Saturday and struck the man with one of the firearms, a table lamp and a candy dish, police said.

Melinda Griggs was taken into custody after the dispute and charged with attempted murder, battery by means of a deadly weapon and two counts of pointing a firearm.

After police arrived to an apartment in the 7200 block of McKinley Circle, Griggs indicated the relative pulled a gun on her and she struck him with a lamp.

She also told police, "I should have just killed him so you guys could come get his body out of here," court documents state.

Inside the apartment, police found large amounts of blood and several rounds of live ammunition.

The relative and Griggs were arguing about "her excessive drinking," court documents state.

Griggs allegedly became enraged and struck the man with a table lamp.

According to the documents, Griggs grabbed a rifle, pointed it at the relative and told him, "You deserve to die."

The relative told police he attempted to take the rifle away from Griggs and was able to unload it by repeatedly cycling the lever action.

Griggs retrieved a pistol in the apartment, but she couldn't get a live round in the chamber of the weapon, court documents state.

Griggs is accused of hitting the relative in the face with the handgun. Court documents state she also hit him over the head with a glass candy dish.

The relative suffered multiple lacerations to his face and hands and bruising and swelling to his head, face and back, police said. He was treated at the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital.

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