By: Cole Miller
He spent two weeks in the hospital after being shot by his girlfriends father. Now, he's the one facing charges.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says a domestic disturbance ultimately ended with 21-year-old Jeffery Stotler in the hospital.
The man who pulled the trigger, Michael Kinney, won't be cited. However Stotler is looking at a familiar charge---domestic assault. At the time of the early morning argument, Stotler was already on probation for the same charge.
It was anything but a quiet morning in Bennet during the early hours of March 20th. Between a shooting and a domestic dispute, law enforcement officers had their hands full.
Now, 21-year-old Jeffery Stotler is charged with domestic assault. Wagner says it all started when Stotler and his girlfriend began arguing on their way to Bennet from Lincoln.
"He also, at one point I think, on the way to Bennet she got out of the car," Wagner said.
"He backed up with the car door open and ended up knocking her down. A whole number of things happened that, as you put them together, it was a pretty volatile situation."
Once in Bennet, Wagner says things only got worse.
"The disturbance continued and ended up with Stotler kicking in the door to the house in Bennet and was shot by Michael Kinney."
At the time, deputies arrested Kinney, the girlfriends father. However, he was later cleared of any charges. Investigators say he acted in self defense and in the best interest of his family.
Stotler was released from the hospital Wednesday and immediately taken into custody.
"He wasn't going anywhere," Wagner said. "There was no super big rush to finish this case. We wanted to take our time and make sure we got all the facts straight."
Wagner says his probation could be revoked with this new charge. As for the girlfriend, Stotler's Facebook account says they're no longer together.