Man charged with shooting woman in face with crossbow

CROSS COUNTY, AR (WMC) - A Wynne, Arkansas man has been arrested on battery charges after Cross County Deputies said he shot a female in the face with a crossbow.

The incident happened on County Road 727 shortly before 4:20 p.m.

Deputies said 34-year-old Joseph Avellino got into an altercation with the victim and shot her in the face.

Upon arrival, deputies found the victim left in a vehicle en route to the hospital. According to CBS affiliate WREG reported that the victim, later identified as Janet Partain, drove herself to the hospital where medical professionals removed it.

"It was an odd sight to see someone with an arrow in their face and they're still conscious and talking to me," said Capt. Jeff Nichols with the Cross County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, Partain was recovering at a hospital.

"My face is throbbing and I can't shut one of my eyes," Partain said.

Partain told WREG she confronted Avellino about stolen property, and the situation escalated quickly. "I told him, Joseph I don't want you on my property no more, this and that. And he was like, 'Well I'm going to shoot ya'll,'" Partain said.

That's when Partain says he pulled out the crossbow. Her 14-year-old son and 15-year-old nephews were with her, too.

"(He) was pointing the arrow at them and he fired a shot at one of them, and I pushed them out the way and I got hit," she said. "I think I was in shock because once I got hit I said, 'I can't believe you almost shot that kid.'"

Avellino’s bond will be set Tuesday.

He is charged with first-degree battery and endangering the welfare of a minor.