Police were called to a North Church Street residence Tuesday night to break up an argument after a man threatened to shoot the television because his wife wanted to change the channel.
“(The husband) stated that he and his wife had been in a verbal argument over the television channel,” Officer Michael Rickard said in a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
Apparently, the man had been watching the Military Channel throughout much of the evening, much to the dissatisfaction of his wife. By 9:30 p.m., the woman was fed up and started complaining about her husband’s choice of entertainment, Rickard said.
When she insisted that they watch another program, Rickard said, the man allegedly warned his wife that “he would shoot the television” if she tried to touch the remote.
“(The man and his wife) then argued about the coffee, at which point he poured the coffee out,” Rickard said, adding the woman explained that is when she picked up the phone and called police.
Although the man and woman acknowledged that the argument had gotten a tad bit out of hand, both told police that it never escalated to violence.
“(The woman) also stated that (her husband) never actually brandished a firearm,” Rickard said. “Due to a lack of physical evidence, I was unable to determine a primary aggressor.”
As such, neither party was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. However, police did provide the couple with information about how to handle these types of situations in a more appropriate manner, one that does not involve firing a gun.