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December 12, 2012

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Then, there was the voice of a woman saying Swallow had been acting weird that day and started drinking. The woman said she asked Swallow to leave and he threw her iPhone into the toilet and her keys out the window. The woman, who prosecutors said was Swallow’s wife speaking from the neighbor’s house, told police she told Swallow, “I want you to leave now” and to call someone and go with them. She said things escalated from there.

“I said something I shouldn’t have said,” the woman said to police dispatchers. When police asked if there were weapons in the house, the woman replied, “a ton of them,” and she added that Swallow threatened to kill her dog, a dachshund.

“Please hurry,” the woman is heard saying hysterically.

Police said they found Swallow outside the home, and he was arrested without incident, telling officers he did not want them to get hurt.

On the tape, police could also be heard assessing the situation, that Swallow’s wife was next door and there was an arsenal of weapons in the house.

Assistant District Attorney Meg Morrissey said Swallow’s wife immediately asserted her marital privilege not to testify against her husband.

Morrissey also argued that Swallow continue to be held without bail, as the incident involves him getting a gun, pointing it at the victim and the dog, and the gun going off.

“I can’t think of anything more dangerous,” Morrissey said. “As you can see from the pictures, there are tons of guns in the house.”

Police earlier said that the victim had been arguing with Swallow, who left the room and returned with a silver Ruger handgun, which he pointed at the victim. The victim told police that Swallow pointed the gun at the dog and threatened to kill it. When Swallow refused requests to leave, the victim pushed past him and went to the neighbor’s. As she did so, a single shot could be heard inside. Swallow told police that the gun had accidentally discharged when he went to put it away.

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