Washington police recently arrested a man who allegedly assaulted an ex-girlfriend. He is facing charges for assault, domestic violence malicious mischief and domestic violence assault. The man told police that he thought his ex-girlfriend and a man who was with her intended to assault him first.

The incident took place at approximately 3:15 a.m., when the man’s ex-girlfriend arrived at his trailer. Police did not say whether this was a planned meeting or if her arrival was unexpected. She was apparently there to retrieve her dog, although it is not clear if she was successful at doing so. At some point during her attempt to get her dog, the man broke her windshield by throwing a bottle of bleach.

After she got back into her vehicle and started backing down the driveway, the man came up to the window with what police described as a compound bow. According to police, he then fired it and hit her in the head. A passenger in her vehicle said that he tried to stay crouched down because he was scared that he would also be hit. He was not harmed and the woman suffered a cut on her head.

Assault is a very serious criminal matter in Washington and should not be taken lightly. Even a seemingly minor assault charge can have serious criminal consequences, like jail time. A defendant who wants to achieve the most favorable outcome possible can take proactive steps for his or her defense. These include learning about the charges and asking for guidance when necessary.