GARDINER — A man has been charged with aggravated assault and two counts of domestic violence terrorizing after an alleged fight with a woman whom he later complained he “should have” killed, police said.

City police were sent to a Middle Street residence around 7 p.m. Tuesday after a report that a man and a woman were fighting and that a man dressed in a gray shirt and a wide-brimmed hat had left the home with blood on him.

John S. Sheets, 51, had bleeding scratches and bite marks on his face, according to the probable cause affidavit by Officer Daniel Ross, of the Gardiner Police Department.

In the affidavit, Sheets, whose address was listed in Skowhegan but who apparently now is staying in Gardiner, said he confronted the woman for returning home late and after arguing, he claimed, she became violent and started scratching and biting him.

The woman alleged Sheets confronted her when she returned from the food bank, called her a vulgar name, grabbed her by her throat, threw her against the wall and applied pressure to her throat. She said she started biting and scratching him to get away from him and started to lose consciousness. In the fight, her phone was broken.

She said she told her 8-year-old daughter to lock herself and her 2-year-old brother in the car and to call the police.

Ross said he again interviewed Sheets, who said he didn’t remember whether he applied a lot of pressure and blamed “crack addicts” in the house and referred to the victim as a “crack whore.”

The affidavit further states that Sheets said he believed he was righteous and if he had done anything wrong, it was his failure to have “killed all of them, or at least her, like I should have.”

Sheets then told Ross he hoped their conversation had not been recorded, according to the affidavit.

Sheets was arrested and taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

Bail was sent at $5,000 after his initial appearance Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center via video from the jail.

Jessica Lowell — 621-5632

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Twitter: @JLowellKJ

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