A 28-year-old man was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to murder after Battle Creek police said he fired at his roommate, also 28, during an argument.

Police were called to the first block of Merritt Street at 10:54 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of shots fired. When officers arrived the victim came out and said nothing had happened.

Police said they found a bullet hole in the wall and a spent shell casing but the man said he didn't know anything about either. Police then learned that the man had warrants and he was arrested. He then told officers that his roommate, the other 28-year-old, had been angry and upset about a custody issue with his ex-wife.

The first man said his friend was threatening suicide with handguns but he was able to convince his friend not to shoot himself and then took the guns and hid them. But the suicidal man became upset with his friend, found the guns and during an argument fired shots as the first man ran out of the house.

The victim of the shooting said he was able to calm the other man again and then hid two handguns under the couch. When the men realized police had been called they came outside.

The victim of the shooting said he didn't want to press charges because his friend was just having a bad day and was more likely to commit suicide than kill him.

Police seized the two guns and took both men to the Calhoun County jail.

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