MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A former Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy stands accused of assaulting and battering his wife and threatening to shoot her multiple times.

This week, a Berkeley County Grand Jury indicted Robert Lippman, 43, of Martinsburg, on multiple charges that included one count of malicious assault, two counts of domestic assault and six counts of domestic battery.

The indictment contained allegations dating to August 2013, when Lippman was accused of strangling his wife, Cheryle, and jamming the barrel of a loaded handgun into her chest.

The indictment also stated that in June 2014 Lippman allegedly smothered his estranged wife with a pillow, injuring her eye.

In July 2014, he was accused of pointing a handgun at her and pulling the trigger, as well as slamming her face into a piece of furniture and striking her with his fists and choking her.

Lippman resigned from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department on May 5.

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