Surprise man accused of hitting wife with drill

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Dennis Howard Henry By Jennifer Thomas Dennis Howard Henry By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE, Ariz. – A 61-year-old man is facing aggravated assault charges after he allegedly hit his wife with a drill during an argument Saturday afternoon.

Dennis Howard Henry went to his home near Peoria Avenue and Loop 303 in Surprise to collect his personal belongings and started arguing with his wife about their marriage, according to court paperwork.

The argument continued into the garage where police said Henry hit his wife on the head with a cordless battery-powered drill. The victim was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing.

The victim's daughter saw the incident and called police, but Henry fled the scene prior to their arrival.

An officer conducted CPR on the victim and she became responsive. She reportedly suffered severe head trauma and was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital for treatment.

Henry later turned himself in to police. He told investigators that he became angry during the argument and threw the drill toward the garage, according to the court papers. He denied striking his wife with the drill and said she injured herself prior to police arrival.

Henry was taken to the Maricopa County Jail for booking.

The drill was taken into evidence and will be sent for testing.