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Clarksville firefighter arrested for battery, public intoxication in altercation with estranged wife

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Charles Edelen (Source: Clark County Jail) Charles Edelen (Source: Clark County Jail)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Clarksville firefighter is accused of assaulting his estranged wife's boyfriend and pepper spraying their baby.

When police showed up to Charles Edelen's home in Jeffersonville late Tuesday night, the firefighter was reportedly holding a gun to his own head.

“There's a story behind the story,” Edelen's lawyer Larry Wilder began.

The events leading up to that moment started much earlier. A police report stated Charles Edelen and his wife Samantha had separated and, during that time, Samantha had a baby with another man -- Darius Henderson. The three made plans for Tuesday night to have drinks at Charles Edelen's house and discuss the child.

The report states Henderson arrived while the Edelen's were arguing about Samantha's clothing. Charles told police she was "wearing her panties and a shirt," which he called inappropriate. Charles later told police Samantha "invited Darius to another location in the residence/restroom."

As the arguing continued, the report states "Charles sprayed the side of Samantha's face with pepper spray" and "as Darius was sprayed in the face with pepper spray so was his infant daughter."

The confrontation then moved outside where Charles Edelen tackled Darius Henderson and "struck him in the face multiple times."

Wilder says if Darius Henderson had left when he was asked at the start of the argument, Charles Edelen never would have been arrested for battery, criminal recklessness and public intoxication.

“When you have a man whose wife he's not divorced from yet is in his home with her boyfriend and the child that she has given birth to that is the boyfriend's -- there's a lot of stress there I'm sure and when that person refuses to leave your home, I'm sure that created more stress,” said Wilder.

Someone nearby heard the fighting and called 911. That's also when that neighbor told police he saw Edelen contemplating suicide.

“The allegations that have been made are very serious and they're very uncharacteristic of Chuck Edelen,” said Wilder.

Wilder says Charles Edelen faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery, criminal recklessness, and public intoxication. He's expected to have an initial hearing Monday morning in Clark County.

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