Denison Police said a dispute between two adult siblings over whether to turn off the TV ended with assault charges for one Monday night.

Lt. Mike Eppler said, shortly after 10 p.m., officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 200 block of East Heron Street. Eppler said officers arrived on scene and made contact with the 34-year-old victim, who told police her 36-year-old brother had attacked her.

“The brother came into the room, where she was watching TV, and he got upset because she wouldn’t turn it off,” Eppler said. “So he threw her purse across the room and it hit a small child, who was not injured. When she told him to leave the room, he became more irate. He grabbed her and pulled her up from the bed, shoved her against the table, then pulled her down to the floor, all causing her pain.”

Eppler said the victim sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. The suspect was arrested and charged with family violence assault causing bodily injury.

“If you find yourself in a situation with someone that’s beginning to escalate or get out of control, the best thing is just to remove yourself,” Eppler said. “Get some distance between the two of you and let things cool down.”

Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.