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Pair arrested after domestic violence incident near Paso Robles

A North County couple was arrested after deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence incident Sunday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Machel Schoepf, 38, was arrested just before noon on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant and grossly negligent discharge of a firearm — both felonies — the department reported.

She was arrested at at home along Nacimiento Lake Drive, about five miles northwest of Paso Robles, after she allegedly battered her fiance, Lloyd E. Cockayne, 39.

Schoepf also allegedly brandished a loaded gun and fired a round into the ground during an argument in front of their home, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Cockayne suffered minor injuries from the beating, authorities said.

Schoepf was booked into County Jail, where she is reported as being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Further investigation revealed the presence of an additional firearm, and a police style baton illegally possessed by Cockayne, a felon on supervised state parole, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Cockayne was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a restricted dangerous weapon (the baton) — both felonies.

Cockayne was booked into County Jail, where he is reported as being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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