The wife of Morgan Wood – a local corrections officer arrested after he fired several shots near her and their baby – has asked that the charges against him be dropped, saying she never felt she was in danger.
“I told them I had never once felt threatened, he never pointed the gun at me, he never pointed the gun at my daughter,” Desiree Wood told The State Journal Tuesday after appearing in Franklin District Court.
“It was just a different person, a different man.”
Morgan Wood, 22, was arrested July 21 by Kentucky State Police and charged with wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault for firing seven shots near his wife and their 9-month-old baby, according to the KSP citation.
Wood fired three shots outside their home on Pea Ridge Road and four shots inside, with the bullets going through the living room window, the report says.
Desiree Wood told The State Journal Tuesday the two had been arguing earlier at the Franklin County Fair and Horse Show. They continued fighting when they got home, when Morgan Wood threw a broken chair into an outside fire pit.
“Well of course I got mad … and I told him, ‘I’m leaving … we’re completely out of hand,’” Desiree Wood said.
“He took that as, ‘I’m leaving you,’ and that’s when I just saw everything change in him.”
As she got back into her car with their daughter – who Wood said was asleep the entire time – Wood said she noticed her husband getting “real shaky” and upset. As she was leaving the driveway, Morgan Wood pulled his gun and fired three shots in the air.
“He then walks into the home, (I) breathe in, breathe out, go to put (the car) into reverse, and that’s when I hear … more shots,” Desiree Wood said.
“I thought he had killed himself.”
That’s when Wood said she called 911. While on the phone with dispatchers, Morgan Wood put down his gun, reappeared in the doorway and pulled up a chair to wait for police, she said.
“He went peacefully,” Desiree Wood said.
Based on Desiree Wood’s account, County Attorney Rick Sparks dropped the assault charge Tuesday against Morgan Wood. He was released later that day on his own recognizance from Woodford County Detention Center, where he had been held on $12,000 cash bond since the arrest.
The wanton endangerment charge – a felony – was waived to the grand jury.
Desiree Wood said she plans to stick by her husband. The two will go to marriage counseling, and she said Morgan Wood will go for help with his own issues. She said since becoming a corrections officer at Franklin County Regional Jail in December, Wood had become more irritable and stressed.
Bill Read, the jail’s director of personnel, declined to comment on the arrest or Wood’s job performance, but he told The State Journal “it’s fair to say (Wood) no longer has a job” at the jail.
This is the second time Morgan Wood has been arrested for a domestic dispute. According to a citation from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Wood was charged with fourth-degree assault last July after he “grabbed his mother by the wrist and pushed her to the ground, causing bruising and scrapes.” Those charges were later dismissed, according to court records.
For now, Wood and his wife are living separately with family members, but if all goes well, Desiree Wood said they’ll move back in together. While in jail, Morgan Wood wrote a letter to her apologizing for what he had done and said he is “lucky” to have her and their daughter.
“This has really opened his eyes,” Desiree Wood said.
“Like he said in his letter, in the heat of the moment, under the bad circumstances, he made seven bad choices, and those were the seven bullets he shot.”