Greeneville woman arrested for domestic assault after shots fired, gun taken by wife

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A Greeneville woman was arrested early Monday morning after police say her wife was forced to take a pistol from her after being shot at. 

Melissa Willett, 42, is charged with three counts of aggravated domestic assault and one count of resisting arrest. 

Greeneville police responded to reports of a domestic shooting before 2 a.m. Monday. The victim told dispatchers on the call Willett had shot at her before she took the gun from the suspect and left the house with two juvenile-aged children before running to a neighbors house. 

Officers initially thought Willett was carrying a shotgun but saw a metal pole was tied around her neck once they made contact. After she did follow instructions to drop the metal pole, she was tased and transported to Laughlin hospital for a drug overdose.

Willett later told officers she had been drinking and had taken two Xanax pills. The victim told police they had started arguing so she down the stairs to the basement to get away from Willett. She then pointed a handgun at the victim who grabbed Willett’s arm and pushed it to the side before shots were fired. 

Willet fired five shots during the struggle, including one thought to be aimed at herself. The victim then got the gun from her and fled with the two children to a neighbor’s home.

Willet’s mugshot has not been made available as of 9 a.m. This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available. 

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