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Cornelius man charged with assaulting wife and shooting at police

A Cornelius man has been charged with assaulting his wife and shooting at officers responding to a domestic disturbance Friday night, authorities said.

Cornelius Police said Charles McKinley Saine was charged with assault on a female, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic assault in the presence of a minor and resisting arrest.

According to police, officers got a call at 11 p.m. Friday from 18724 Peninsula Cove Lane about a husband striking his wife.

When officers arrived they found the victim outside the residence. At that point, authorities said a shot was fired from inside the house at the officers and victim. After the victim was evacuated from the area, two more shots were fired, police said.

Authorities learned that two young children were still inside the residence in an upstairs bedroom. After attempting to contact the suspect a team of officers entered the residence. Police said they got into a scuffle with the suspect, who was injured and transported to a hospital for treatment for a minor head injury.

Both children were recovered unharmed and the wife did not require treatment, police said.

The Davidson and Mooresville police departments assisted Cornelius police.

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