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Christiana man accused of shooting at family

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No one was injured Monday night when a 39-year-old man allegedly fired multiple shots at his wife and son during an argument at their Christiana home, according to officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Lester was taken into custody a few hours after the incident, which occurred at about 9 p.m. in the 7400 block of Ridley Earp Road.

He has since been charged with one count of felony reckless endangerment, aggravated domestic assault, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

“His wife, Teresa Lester, told (Deputy Robert) Horne that her husband assaulted her before locking her and their son inside (the home) and firing,” said Lisa Marchesoni, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

Teresa Lester told detectives that Ricky Lester used his vehicle to push her truck into the side of their home, however, she and her son managed to escape and seek help from Horn, who was nearby, Marchesoni said.

Emergency Medical Services paramedics also responded to the scene and treated Teresa Lester before transporting her to Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

Marchesoni said deputies tried to call Ricky Lester, but they could not locate him.

“Due to safety risks, supervisors were notified,” Marchesoni said in a press release, “(and) Lt. Rhett Rankin requested help from the Felony Arrest Search Tactical team.”

FAST Commander Sgt. Chris Kauffman said the special response team arrived on the scene and crisis negotiators spoke to Lester for about 45 minutes.

“He surrendered peacefully,” Kauffman said. “He came outside and was taken into custody by the FAST team.”

Lester was then transported and booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held on a $300,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

The case has since been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division’s Family Crimes Unit at the Sheriff’s Office.
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