Danville firefighter charged with holding pistol to woman's head

February 03, 2004

A Danville firefighter was arrested Thursday after a woman said he held a loaded pistol to her head and threatened to kill her.

Stephen T. King, 50, of 602 N. Third St., was charged with one count each of wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening and aggravated assault after Joyce Pelkey, no address given, swore out a complaint against him with Boyle County Deputy Sheriff James Wilcher.

Pelkey said the alleged incidents happened Wednesday evening while the two were driving around Boyle County.

In the complaint, Pelkey said King allegedly held a loaded semi-automatic pistol to her head and neck for more than an hour while driving. She alleged in the complaint he pulled her hair and threatened to blow up her house and everyone in it.

She said King told her he possesses knowledge of chemicals that would enable him to cut her body up and dispose of the evidence so that she would never be found. She alleged King struck her in the face with his fist and head butted her at her house.


King won a judgment from the city of Danville in February 2003 after he filed suit claiming he was unfairly passed over for promotion. A jury agreed, and he was awarded $29,911.70.

King was arrested by Danville police officers Thursday evening at his home and lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center. He was released on a $20,000 - 10 percent cash bond Monday.

Danville Fire Chief Mike Thomas and Interim City Manager Bridgette Milby could not be reached for comment today about King's current status with the fire department.

King will be arraigned March 30 in Boyle District Court.

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