October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. (Photo by Amanda Norton)

Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed in October. Silhouettes of Domestic Abuse victims were placed around town during the awareness month. (File photo by Amanda Norton) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 28-year-old Riverton man was arrested after police responding to a family fight call observed him push a female to the floor and put his hands around her neck.

The call came in at 7:22 a.m. on Sunday morning from the 600 block of Eagle Drive in the College Hill Apartments.  Responding officers arriving at scene heard a commotion inside and looked through a window to see Gary Blackburn and a female victim in a physical altercation. The front door to the apartment was locked, so police kicked in the door when the occupants would not answer. Blackburn was not cooperative, according to a police report, and he was restrained and handcuffed.

The victim told officers that she had laid down at 3 a.m. but he came into the bedroom and began to argue because he thought she had cheated on him, a police report said. She said the argument went on for several hours until he allegedly became aggressive, pushed her around the room and then threw her down on the floor.

Blackburn was charged with Domestic Violence and Strangulation of a Household Member. He was arrested and taken to jail.