County man faces felony charge after woman said he held gun to her head

Published 4:26 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Carter County man faces a criminal charge after police say he held a gun to a woman’s head during a domestic dispute.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clarence Elmore Benson, 43, 120 Reeser Road, on Monday on a warrant charging him with aggravated domestic assault.

According to court documents, on Monday, deputies responded to a county apartment complex after a woman called 911 and reported she had been assaulted.

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When officers arrived, they met a juvenile female who told them her mother had called 911 and directed them to her mother.

The woman told officers she awoke to Benson, who she has a child with, holding a gun to her face. “(The woman) told me that Mr. Benson was upset that she had allowed their son (name withheld) to be taken to school by her fiancé,” CCSO Deputy Justin Johnson said.

The woman told officers her juvenile daughter walked into the room and saw the incident. Johnson said the juvenile daughter confirmed Benson had a gun. The juvenile said she told Benson to leave and he did.

Johnson obtained a warrant for Benson’s arrest charging him with aggravated assault under domestic violence. The deputy later located Benson and told him he was under arrest.

“Upon giving notice to Mr. Benson that he had a warrant, he asked what the warrant was issued over,” Johnson said. “I informed him that it was because of his actions involving a pistol earlier in the day. He stated that he didn’t realize he would get in trouble over a BB gun and that he had it to shoot squirrels.”

Benson appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. scheduled Benson to return to court on Dec. 29 with an attorney. Bowers also ordered Benson to have no contact with the alleged victim in the case.