A Madison man was charged Friday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after police said he fired a gunshot near his girlfriend after she told him she was breaking up with him.
A criminal complaint also charged Jonathan C. Williams, 27, with strangulation and suffocation, after the woman told police that he had also grabbed her throat during a physical fight that happened before the gunshot was fired at the couple’s apartment in the 3800 block of School Road, on Madison’s North Side.
Williams, who was later arrested at his father’s home in Milwaukee, was jailed on $50,000 bail after appearing in court on Friday.
According to the complaint:
The woman told police that she and Williams had dated for five years and lived together for the past four years. They had one child, but the baby died in November. On Tuesday, the woman told police, she told Williams that she was ending their relationship and asked him to remove his things from their apartment.
Williams and the woman argued after he refused to leave, she told police, and it soon became a physical fight. At one point, the woman told police, Williams punched her and put his left hand around her neck as he threatened to kill her.
Williams did begin packing his belongings and carrying them outside, but continued to say he wouldn’t leave. She said he sat down at the kitchen table and again threatened to kill her, and then she heard a gun go off, the woman told police.
The bullet struck a wall in the kitchen.
The sound of the gun made her ears ring, she said, and she ducked down. She told police that Williams told her, “I’m going to kill you first, then kill me,” and came at her with the gun.
She grabbed at the gun, and they fought over it, the woman told police, and she was able to keep him from pointing it at her. She said she managed to push him into a bedroom and shut the door, then ran outside to a neighboring apartment building where she hid until he eventually drove off.
Milwaukee police found Williams at his father’s home. His father brought the gun outside and set it on the ground, and Williams came out of the home moments later.
Speaking to police, Williams said the woman became upset when she found out he had been spending time with another woman and told him to move out, but he refused. He admitted that at one point, he pulled out a gun and fired a shot about three feet to the left of the woman, after which they struggled over the gun, the complaint states.