Ronald Greg Nightengale

Ronald Greg Nightengale, 50, Dunnellon, arrested Nov. 19 for aggravated battery – uses a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery. No bond.

A Dunnellon man was arrested after pistol-whipping and shooting at another man and threatening to fire at a woman, according to a Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit. 

Ronald Nightengale, 50, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery – uses a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery. Bond was set at none. 

Deputies responded Nov. 19 to a shooting. A man reportedly told dispatch Nightengale assaulted him by firing a semiautomatic handgun in his direction.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with the man, a witness and three juveniles. According to the report, the witness texted the man alleging Nightengale was physically abusing a woman.

The witness reportedly said she heard an altercation between Nightengale and the woman. She later saw her with a swollen eye, which she attempted to cover with makeup.

As a result, the man came to the residence and reportedly got into an argument with Nightengale. When the man asked the woman to get in his car, Nightengale allegedly hit him in the head with his handgun and pointed it at the vehicle.

According to the report, the man asked Nightengale if that "made him feel like a man." The woman was asked again to get in the car when Nightengale reportedly shot the firearm at him. The bullet landed near the man's feet, causing gravel to hit his leg. 

When the woman was asked a final time to get in the car, Nightengale reportedly pointed his gun toward her and told her to get back inside. When she got closer to the car, Nightengale allegedly said he would shoot the man if she got any closer.

When deputies made contact with the women, they reportedly noticed her eyebrow was swollen and bruised. A witness also told deputies they heard a gunshot from outside. 

Nightengale was then handcuffed and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility for booking and processing. 

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or

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