A Thomson man is in custody after a verbal altercation ended with the striking of another man with the handle of an ax.

Ricky Lewis, 59, of the 400 block of Third St., was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with aggravated assault when he reportedly struck his 55-year-old housemate without warning as the man cooked dinner.

A Thomson Police officer was dispatched to the house at 6:34 p.m. and met with a woman who reported one uncle struck another uncle in the left shoulder with an ax handle. The woman who lives at the home with her two uncles told police that Ricky Lewis had verbally threatened her and the uncle when the two men argued.  ‘The incident occurred without warning,” the niece said.   The injured uncle left the Third Street home and a friend took him to University Hospital McDuffie where he was treated for the wound and for a small bone fracture to the shoulder.

According to a police incident report, Lewis claimed the other man to be the aggressor and admitted to using the wooden ax handle to strike the man.   Lewis claimed that his niece and the uncle constantly antagonized him and he warned them that he would retaliate with violence.

Lewis was arrested and taken to the McDuffie County Jail. His bond was set at $5,000.

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