Man charged with punching spouse over sawed off shotgun

A 24-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly punched his common law spouse after she confronted him about an “illegal modification” he made to a shotgun.

Jamie Gage Mullins was charged with prohibited weapon, a third-degree felony, and assault causing bodily injury (family violence), a class A misdemeanor.

The reported assault happened at 1:58 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of North Washington Street, the affidavit stated.

The complainant was identified as 28-year-old Shannon Kay Miles, the affidavit detailed. She stated that she confronted Mullins over an “illegal modification” he made to a shotgun, which he began to yell and curse at her. Mullins also threatened to call CPS, which Miles followed him while recording with her phone.

Miles stated Mullins was carrying the shotgun in his bag, the affidavit stated. As they walked behind the residence, Mullins reportedly punched Miles twice on the right side of her face causing redness and swelling. Mullins then “bear hugged” Miles causing a scratch on her right inner bicep.

Mullins stated to officers that the incident was only verbal, the affidavit stated.

Officers asked Mullins about the gun and he stated he left it in the “shop” behind his residence, the affidavit detailed. Miles consent to a check of the shop, which turned out to be the garage, officers found a wood stock single round Pardner Model 20 Gauge shotgun which had a sawed off barrel. Officers measured the barrel at 12 inches with an overall length of 25.5 inches, which violates Texas Penal Code.

Mullins stated he cut the barrel for self defense, the affidavit stated.

Mullins was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He had two bonds totaling $20,000 and was still in custody as of Monday afternoon, jail records show.