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A Wawaka man was arrested Saturday night after blasting a telephone with a shotgun to keep his wife from calling authorities, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Richard Gabbard, 63, was charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm and interfering with a 911 call. He was being held without bail Sunday at the county jail.

Officers were called to Gabbard’s house about 8:45 p.m. by a woman who said her intoxicated husband was armed with a shotgun and had shot the telephone as she was trying to report a domestic disturbance.

The woman was able to reach a second phone and tell dispatchers that her husband was threatening to shoot her and her mother. The woman managed to escape the house, but her mother did not.

Gabbard threatened to shoot officers when they arrived. Officers got his wife to safety and surrounded the house, the sheriff’s department said.

Dispatchers reached Gabbard on the phone and persuaded him to come outside. Several minutes later, he left the home and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers seized a 12-gauge shotgun at the house, the sheriff’s department said.