Police: Seven Valleys man said he'd kill his wife for $1
An Army veteran is free on bail after allegedly pistol-whipping his wife, pointing a gun at her and threatening to kill her "for a dollar," according to charging documents.
David John Clark, 49, of the Seven Valleys area, is charged with aggravated assault, attempted simple assault and making terroristic threats. He is free on $25,000 supervised bail, meaning probation officers will monitor him to ensure he's following his bail conditions.
They include having no contact with his wife, staying away from their North Codorus Township home and undergoing whatever mental-health or substance-abuse evaluations and treatment is deemed necessary by supervising probation officers, according to court records.
He is now living with his daughter on Mill Pond Drive in Lancaster and, before retiring, was in the Army for 26 years, those records state.
The allegations: Southwestern Regional Police said they were called to the Clarks' home in the 2400 block of Seven Valleys Road about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
They found Kim Clark across the street, and she reported that her husband had struck her on the head with a .22-caliber handgun, then pointed the gun at her "and said he would kill her for one dollar," charging documents state. He also choked her, police allege.
Kim Clark told officers that the gun belongs to her and that she was trying to hide her three firearms because her husband was intoxicated and they had been arguing, documents state.
She said she hid two of the three weapons, but that her husband was able to take the .22 from her, according to charging documents.
Kim Clark said the gun was loaded when David Clark allegedly assaulted her, police said.
Police said officers knocked on the Clarks' door and yelled David Clark's name, but the man didn't answer.
Eventually, they spotted movement at the back of the home and called out to David Clark, who then responded to them, police said.
He was handcuffed and arrested without incident, charging documents indicate.
David Clark could not be reached for comment. It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
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