SAN TAN VALLEY — A domestic violence situation escalated quickly Saturday morning in San Tan Valley.

According to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office probable cause statement, Jaquarri Mallard, 22, of Surprise, was arrested for second-degree burglary, assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct after he got in a fight with a girlfriend in the 2900 block of West Dancer Lane.

Deputies believe a domestic fight broke out between Mallard and the woman about 8:30 a.m.

“The victim and the defendant are romantically involved but do not reside together,” a deputy wrote in the report. “This morning an argument ensued because the defendant allegedly became jealous, believing the victim was out last night. The defendant allegedly became upset at the victim after she told him to leave,” documents state.

She told sheriff's deputies that he came at her with clenched fists.

“The victim, fearing assault, discharged a firearm and retreated from her garage into the home. The defendant then broke down the interior door by shoulder checking to the door,” the deputy wrote.

Mallard told deputies he broke into the house to retrieve his personal belongings. He also told officers that she tried to shoot him.

Mallard was arrested and transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charged with four counts. He was declared non-bondable. He appeared in Superior Court Tuesday for arraignment.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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