Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house on Hester Drive in the Free Home community on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. When they arrived they found David Welchel, 40, of Free Home, with gunshot wounds in his neck and back, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said the man’s girlfriend, Jessica Couch, 31, of Free Home, “shot Welchel because she thought he was an intruder.”
Welchel was transported to North Fulton Hospital for “what appeared to be non-life threatening” injuries, Baker said Monday.
Couch was charged with aggravated assault, and Baker said additional charges are likely.
Investigators found that the couple waited two hours before calling 911, Baker said, and Couch admitted to being on methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.
“A .22-caliber handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting, was recovered in the home,” Baker said.
Investigators also found a number of poisonous snakes in the home, Baker said.
“Eight copperheads and one rattlesnake were discovered caged inside the home,” he said.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was called in and will conduct an investigation into the snakes, Baker said.
Couch is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond, Baker said.