Police: Man put loaded gun in woman’s mouth during altercation


Police accuse a Crawfordsville man of putting a loaded handgun in a woman’s mouth multiple times during an altercation.

John R. Walker, 52, a local dentist, was formally charged Thursday in Montgomery Superior Court 2 with two counts of battery with a deadly weapon, intimidation, two counts of strangulation, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, possession of a syringe, domestic battery, pointing a firearm and possession of a steroid.

The alleged altercation stemmed from an argument between Walker and the woman late Tuesday at a residence on Southfork Drive, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Crawfordsville Police Det. Lt. Mike Norman.

The woman told police that Walker grabbed her by the throat and choked her several times before he retrieved the gun from the closet. Multiple times throughout the night, police allege, Walker put the gun in the victim’s mouth and forced her right hand on the weapon in an attempt to make her pull the trigger.

Walker also allegedly grabbed the woman’s arm, struck her in the back of the head with a fist and threatened to kill her.

The argument allegedly resumed around sunrise when, police say, Walker choked the woman several more times and placed the gun back in her mouth.

After the incident, the woman left the house and called police, Norman wrote in the affidavit. She was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation, according to police.

The woman also told police that Walker had syringes and a steroid that he was using. Police conducting a search warrant recovered the items, handgun and other unspecified evidence from the house, according to the affidavit. The steroid was disguised as a dog flea and skin treatment, police say.

Walker was arrested Wednesday and later released from the Montgomery County Jail after posting a $2,000 cash bond. Court records do not list an attorney for him.