Attempted manslaughter charge stems from dispute

An alleged domestic dispute took a dangerous turn last week when a woman allegedly took shots at her boyfriend’s truck while he allegedly drove it around her yard, damaging property.

At approximately 7:21 p.m., sheriff’s deputies Michael Ottensmeier and Bronson Shipman investigated a report of a domestic disturbance involving Diane Muzyka and James “Jimmy” Scopel, both 53 and of Peabody, at 1325 110th Rd.

Dispatch advised officers, “Subject, last name Bedford, said a man named Jimmy is threatening his daughter,” according to scanner transmissions.

Before officers arrived on scene, Ottensmeier radioed Shipman a warning about a dog encountered previously at the residence.

“Yeah, we’ve been here before, and watch that dog,” Ottensmeier said.

Officers discovered Scopel had allegedly entered into a “verbal altercation” with Muzyka’s parents, according to Sheriff Robert Craft.

“During the course of the argument Scopel got in his truck and started driving it around the yard,” Craft said. “Muzyka shot at the truck.”

Craft confirmed more than one shot was fired and at least one bullet hole was found in the side of the truck.

Muzyka was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted voluntary manslaughter, and Scopel was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property.

Both bonded out and neither is being held in the county jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Muzyka’s scheduled court appearance Tuesday was postponed because no charges have been filed in court yet.

County attorney Susan Robson said she has not yet received a full incident report.

Last modified Aug. 31, 2016

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