Police: Drunken man shot wife in thigh

Posted at 12:35 AM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 00:35:16-05

CINCINNATI -- A man shot his wife in the thigh while he was drunk Friday night, according to Cincinnati police.

Matthew Gannaway, 43, was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on one count of felonious assault and one count of using a weapon while intoxicated.

According to criminal complaints filed by Cincinnati Police Officer Charles Zopfi, Gannaway and his wife had been drinking at the Gaslight Café.

When they returned to their home on Grand Vista Avenue, they argued, and Gannaway fired two shots from a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, according to the complaints.

One shot struck her in the thigh, the complaints state.

Four of the couple's five children were home at the time, but none was in the basement where the shooting happened, according to one of the criminal complaints.

Gannaway's wife drove herself to Mercy Rookwood Medical Center, Cincinnati police spokesman Lt. Steve Saunders said, and Norwood police contacted Cincinnati police to investigate.

The woman's injury was not life-threatening, Saunders said.

Gannaway admitted he'd had four drinks prior to the shooting, according to one of the criminal complaints.

"My prayers are with the family, definitely," neighbor Lori Jaycox said. "There’s children involved, and I wish all the best for them."