Montague fire chief accused of pointing gun at wife

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) – Montague Fire Chief Dennis Roesler appeared in a courtroom Wednesday morning, accused of pointing a gun at his wife during a heated argument at their home.

Vanessa Roesler says on April 23 her husband was irate and actively involving their teenage son in the dispute she and her husband were having. "Please leave our son out of this and let's talk about it as adults," she recalled in court.

Vanessa says the 30 minute argument with her husband was about marriage troubles, during which he threatened her. "He had a gun in his waistband and he pulled it out and pointed it at me," she testified. "I was scared."

Roesler also told the judge her husband's words were slurred and he couldn't stand up straight. She believed Dennis, 51, was drunk. Prosecutor are charging the chief with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dennis Roesler's attorney called the couple's son to share his account; he supported much of his mother's testimony with the exception of how the gun his father drew was aimed, showing the judge the gun was pointed at his mother's midsection or knees and not at her head as Vanessa Roesler believed it was.

Dennis Roesler is not accused of threatening to shoot his wife.

The judge heard sufficient testimony to move the case to circuit court and a possible trial. Meanwhile, Roesler is temporarily suspended from his position and is free on a $7,000 bond.


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