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June 13, 2013
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Accidental shooting results in battery charge

A 39-year-old Gardnerville man was charged with battery causing substantial bodily harm in an altercation with his brother-in-law which ended when the defendant’s wife was shot in the abdomen.

The charge was filed June 7 against Travis Belles.

He was taken into custody without incident, and released on $2,500 cash bail.

Belles is to appear in East Fork Justice Court at 1 p.m. on June 26.

According to reports, Belles is accused of getting into an argument with 36-year-old Benjamin Dupreez who lived with Belles and his wife in their home in the 1300 block of Waterloo.

At one point, Dupreez produced a handgun which discharged during a struggle with Belles. Belles’ 39-year-old wife was struck in the abdomen.

The bullet reportedly entered her lower abdomen and exited her back.

She called 911, and when help arrived paramedics found her standing against a wall with blood pooling on the floor.

She and Dupreez were both taken to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Belles’ 22-month-old daughter slept through the incident, according to reports.

Following the shooting, Travis Belles reportedly followed Dupreez into the bathroom and punched him multiple times in the head.

The defendant reportedly was aware that Dupreez suffers from aneurysms and brain injuries and cannot suffer head trauma.

The report indicates that Dupreez was afraid of Travis Belles and had the gun for self-defense.

Investigators determined that Belles was at fault, and Dupreez was trying to protect himself. He has not been charged.


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The Record Courier Updated Jun 14, 2013 01:51PM Published Jun 13, 2013 03:28PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.