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Man brandished gun at estranged wife after signing custody papers, police say

Published On: Nov 02 2013 12:05:03 AM EDT

A man lifted his shirt and showed his estranged wife a handgun in his waistband soon after he had signed custody papers involving their 4-year-old daughter, officials said.

Jamie Smith brandished the black gun in the foyer of his home in the 3200 block of Wilson Avenue in Bethlehem Township, Northampton Co., around 12:10 a.m. Friday, officials said.

Smith's wife said Smith went upstairs and got the gun when she called 911 after he tried unsuccessfully to grab papers out of her hand giving her custody of their daughter, officials said.


Smith's wife is separating from her husband and was seeking primary custody so she and her daughter could move to Florida, officials noted.

Smith's wife told police her husband did not normally walk around the house with a gun, but that he had been drinking and is on medication, officials added.

Police found the gun and another black semi-automatic pistol in a lockbox under Smith's bed, and Smith gave authorities the lockbox code at headquarters, officials said.

Smith, 43, was arraigned on charges of making terroristic threats, assault and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 15.