It started out as a disagreement regarding childcare that escalated quickly into a police manhunt.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Ashton Churchwell of Deland was arrested Monday after terrorizing his ex and her new boyfriend in her home.
A Facebook post from the VCSO says that Churchwell and his ex-girlfriend had been arguing via text over child custody and parenting issues on Sunday. She called police after she accused Churchwell of breaking into her home through a window, pistol whipping her boyfriend in the head and firing a gun inside the home.
Before fleeing, the suspect also slashed four tires on a car outside, filling the gas tank with dirt and stealing the car’s license plate, continued the post.
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No one was shot in the incident, but EMS personnel treated the boyfriend’s head injury.
A manhunt was launched and Churchwell’s Toyota Camry was soon flagged down.
The 24-year-old was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, armed burglary, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a conveyance, grand theft firearm, grand theft and criminal mischief, held on a total bond of $300,000.