James Williams, 60, of Augusta, Reckless conduct

   An Augusta man was arrested after deputies said he fired a weapon at a woman he feared had coronavirus.

   James Williams, 60, is facing charges of reckless conduct.

   Richmond County deputies responded to his home Oct. 7. On scene, a female victim told deputies that she was visiting Williams when he said he did not want her there. The female victim explained that she had recently been infected with COVID-19.

   The woman began to leave but Williams fired a gun into the ground as she was driving off, apparently because she did not leave his property fast enough. Williams told deputies he was trying to “protect his home from an infected person.”

   Deputies seized Williams’ handgun for safekeeping.