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Retired Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy William Tinny arrested for trying to kill wife

3:21 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Hernando County, Florida -- A retired deputy from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office is being held without bond Wednesday after he was arrested for trying to kill his wife.

Hernando Sheriff's deputies say William Tinny and his wife, Rebecca, had gotten into an argument earlier in the evening Tuesday. Later that night around 1:45 a.m., William went into the bedroom where Rebecca was sleeping with one of her children and woke her up.

The two started arguing again and Rebecca told police, William told her he would "put an end to her" and that he was going to kill her.

He then left the room to get a gun. Rebecca and her younger child locked the bedroom door, but William broke the frame forcing his way inside. He then pointed a pistol at her and she reached out and was able to push his arm away to keep him from shooting her.

The gun went off during the struggle and the bullet reportedly passed within inches of her head, hitting the wall over the bed.

As she screamed for help, her adult son ran in from another bedroom and wrestled the gun away from William.

Deputies say an investigation into the incident revealed the pistol malfunctioned during an attempt to fire a second shot.

The sheriff's office says the incident, including the gunshot, could be heard in the 911 call made from the home.

Tinny, 51, was arrested and refused to make any statements. He has been charged with attempted murder.

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