SALTLICK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A woman is facing charges for allegedly shooting her husband in the head in a dispute over breakfast after a night of doing drugs.
According to police, the incident happened at a home in the 300 block of Imel Road in Saltlick Township, Fayette County on Thursday.
Rachel Eutsey told police she and her husband, John Maki, left their home to purchase crack cocaine around 1:30 a.m. and took their 8-month-old child with them.
“They were going out, purchasing crack cocaine with the baby in the car, and while they were driving, they were smoking the crack cocaine,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robert Broadwater said.
With the child still in the car, Eutsey and Maki allegedly smoked some of the crack in the parking lot of a bar. Then, they returned home to smoke the rest and fell asleep.
When they woke up, they began to argue about breakfast.
Sources close to the investigation say Maki was not satisfied with the type of oats Eutsey allegedly bought and served him.
“He wasn’t happy with the traditional oats she bought instead of the instant oats he wanted,” Broadwater said.
Eutsey told police Maki began to assault and choke her. Eutsey allegedly grabbed a revolver from her father’s bedroom and returned to her own bedroom, where the altercation with Maki continued.
Maki allegedly threw a baseball bat out of an open door and began to yell at Eutsey as he approached her in a hallway.
Eutsey told police she pointed the gun at Maki and fired in an attempt to scare him. However, the shot struck Maki in the head.
“She related she didn’t want to hurt him; she just wanted to scare him,” Broadwater said. “It’s believed the child was in the same room that the shooting happened.”
Eutsey called 911 to report the shooting and was taken into custody when officers arrived.
Maki was taken to a local hospital and was last listed in critical condition.
The couple’s 8-month-old child was said to be filthy and in a state of neglect, and the child is now in the custody of Fayette County Children and Youth Services.
Meanwhile, Eutsey is being charged with attempted homicide.