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Man with manslaughter conviction pulls gun after wife grabs kitchen knife during argument, police say

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A man with a manslaughter conviction is in trouble with the law again after pulling a loaded revolver on his wife during an argument, officials said.

Edward A. Ball was arrested around 7:50 p.m. Thursday for illegally possessing the silver .32 caliber Smith & Wesson he drew from the waistband of his pant during a quarrel with his wife in their home in the 1000 block of Main St in Bethlehem, officials said.

Ball went for the gun after his wife grabbed a knife sitting in the kitchen sink, but dropped the firearm to the ground, officials said, adding that it was loaded with three rounds, one of which was ready to be fired.

Ball began spitting in his wife's face when the gun was picked up by the victim's sister and taken from the kitchen, officials said.

The fight began when Ball's wife returned home with her sister, and Ball began calling her derogatory names and spit in her face, officials said.

Ball, 52, was arraigned on Saturday on charges of illegally possessing a firearm, assault, reckless endangerment and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $100,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 30.   

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