SARANAC LAKE — A domestic argument turned violent early Tuesday, with a woman shot as her children sat nearby.
Saranac Lake Police Department Chief Bruce Nason would not release her first name, but he said her husband, Oleg Tchernytchenko, 35, was arrested, arraigned and charged with first-degree assault, a felony, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Three small children were home and two of them sitting with or near their mother when the shotgun was fired just before 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, the chief said.
“The children range in age from 5 1/2 months to age 4.
“They were all in the living room, and two were on the couch or next to the couch when she was shot.”
Police say Mr. Tchernytchenko pointed a loaded shotgun at his wife, with his finger on the trigger, in the midst of a heated argument.
“He had the shotgun; it was loaded. He pointed it at her. She grabbed the barrel to push it away, and the gun discharged,” Nason said Tuesday afternoon.
The gunshot hit her hand, but the injury was not considered life-threatening.
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Mrs. Tchernytchenko called 911.
“(The call) came in at 1:50 a.m. and was first reported as a head injury,” Nason said. “But when rescue personnel got there, they realized it was a hand injury from a gunshot. The victim met the rescue workers at the door when they arrived.”
Mrs. Tchernytchenko was taken by ambulance to Adirondack Medical Center and then brought to Fletcher Allen for surgery on the injured hand.
She was still at the hospital as police investigated. Her husband was taken into custody, arraigned and sent to Franklin County Jail.
The three children were taken into the care of Franklin County Child Protective Services.
“We were not able to locate anyone in the area that is family,” Nason said.