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Retired Pasco deputy faces attempted murder charge in Hernando

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A retired Pasco County deputy was arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday for allegedly firing a pistol at his wife, missing her head by inches, Hernando deputies said.

William Harvey Tinny, 51, was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder, jail records show.

Deputies say Tinny and his wife were having a verbal argument when his wife went to the master bedroom with one of her children, and went to sleep.

Tinny went into the bedroom around 1:45 a.m. and the two resumed their argument, which escalated to the point of Tinny saying he was going to "put an end to her," and kill her, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies say Tinny then left the bedroom and his wife and her child locked the door. Tinny forced his way into the room, breaking the door frame, and holding a Taurus 1911 .45-caliber pistol.

He raised the pistol to his wife, according to the sheriff's office.

By this time someone within the home had called 911, the sheriff's office said, and the recording captured voices, screams, and a gunshot.

Tinny's wife reached for his right arm, and pushed it away to prevent him from firing the pistol, according to the sheriff's office, but the weapon fired during the struggle.

The bullet missed her head by inches, deputies said, and struck the wall over the bed.

Tinny's wife was screaming for help, and her adult son came in from a nearby bedroom, and wrestled the gun from Tinny's hands, deputies said.

The firearm jammed, and did not cycle a second round, preventing it from firing a second time, according to the investigation.

Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested Tinny, who refused to provide a statement.

The investigation remains active, according to the sheriff's office, and the 911 recording is not being made public at this time.

The sheriff's office referenced state law for why they are not releasing the address where the incident occurred, due to Tinny being a retired Pasco County deputy, they said.

Tinny was being held at Hernando County Jail without bond.

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