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Livingston man faces attempted murder charge

Staff report

A Livingston County man faces an attempted murder and a domestic violence charge after an altercation Saturday, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

Police received a call of shots fired about 2 p.m. on Burna Church Street in Burna. Richard Watson, 31, of Burna was allegedly intoxicated, which caused him to fall off a four-wheel vehicle, police said. When his girlfriend, Karen Gerhardt, 35, of Burna, tried to assist him, he began to assault her, police said. She was knocked down and then stabbed Watson to escape, police said.

Watson then went to a residence on Burna Church Road, and Gerhardt followed to check on him. She asked Watson to open the locked front door, police said. She told police she heard two gunshots from inside the home and ran back across the street. The gunshots were fired into the inside of the door where Gerhardt had been standing, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.

Watson was taken to Livingston County Hospital for treatment of an injury as a result of the earlier stabbing altercation. He was released from the hospital Sunday.

Watson, who faces a charge of attempted murder and fourth-degree assault-domestic violence, was then taken to the McCracken County Jail.

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