The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was arrested in a domestic violence case in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle, according to court documents filed Tuesday, just as Palin was endorsing Donald Trump in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Track Palin, 26, is charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated in connection with the incident Monday night at the Wasilla home of his parents, where he lives, according to an affidavit by police.
The girlfriend told authorities she was punched in the face by Palin, who is the oldest child of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and conservative leader.
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Track Palin, son of Sarah Palin during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: (L to R) Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds her son Trig Palin as Track Palin, Bristol Palin and Willow Palin look on during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, right, holds her son Trig, as she is joined by her family on stage after her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. From left are son, Track, daughter, Bristol and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, daughters Willow and Piper and husband, Todd. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Track Palin, left, and Piper Palin, the children of Sarah Palin in the crowd during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, talks to Col. Edward Daly, deputy commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska, and Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, right, during a deployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Palin's son Track Palin is a members of the brigade being deployed to Iraq. ( AP Photo/ Al Grillo)
Republica vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during a deployment ceremony for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska Thursday Sept. 11, 2008. Palin's son Track Palin is a member of the brigade being deployed to Iraq. (AP Photo/ Al Grillo)
NBC NEWS -- 2008 Republican Convention: Day 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Presidential nominee John McCain, Levi Johnston, boyfriend of Bristol Palin, Track Palin, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and (in back) Todd Palin holding son Trig Palin, after Sarah's address to the audience during the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul, MN on September 3, 2008 (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
US Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin (R) stands on stage with family members after addressing the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 3, 2008. From L-R: son Track, daughter Bristol and her boyfriend Levi Johnston, daughter Willow with Palin's last-born Trig, Piper and husband Todd. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Track Palin sits with Willow Palin while holding Trig Palin on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Track Palin, Bristol Palin, her boyfriend Levi Johnston, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, husband Todd Palin and Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holding Trig Palin stand on stage during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will accept The GOP nomination for U.S. President Thursday night. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Track Palin, the eldest son of Alaska Gov. Sara Palin. On Friday, August 29, 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain chose the Alaska governor as his vice presidential running mate. (Photo by Photo courtesy of the Alaska Governor's Office/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
WASILLA, AK - JUNE 15: Sarah Palin chats with son Track at community park function on June 15, 2002 in Wasilla, Alaska. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate at a campaign rally August 29, 2008 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Robert A. Baker/Getty Images)
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The charges were filed Tuesday, the same day Sarah Palin endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses.
There is no telephone listing for the girlfriend. The court documents say the woman, Track Palin's girlfriend of one year, had bruising and swelling around her left eye, and she said her right knee hurt after Palin kicked her there.
Palin family attorney John Tiemessen declined to comment on the matter other than to say in an email that respect for the family's privacy is appreciated "as Track receives the help that he and many of our returning veterans need." Palin's arraignment was held Tuesday, but Tiemessen was not sure if he had yet entered a plea.
Track Palin spent a year deployed in Iraq with the Army, in which he enlisted on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. When his mother was the GOP vice-presidential candidate in 2008, she spoke at her son's deployment ceremony in Fairbanks, one of her few trips back to Alaska while on the campaign trail that fall.
According to the three-page affidavit, both Palin and his girlfriend called 911 that night. Police Officer Andrew Kappler wrote that he arrived at the Wasilla home and found Track Palin walking outside and talking on a phone. The officer said Palin had an injury to his right eye and surrounding area, smelled strongly of alcohol and acted with escalating hostility, prompting Kappler to put him in handcuffs.
Police say a breath sample provided by Palin showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.189.
The affidavit says other officers found the girlfriend hiding under a bed inside the home and crying.
The argument continued at the home, according to the affidavit, which says Palin struck the woman with his fist on the left side of her head near her eye. She curled up in the fetal position because she didn't know what else he would do, the woman told police. She said he then kicked her in the knee and threw her phone across the driveway, according to the court document. The woman said she went inside after getting her phone.
Inside, Palin held the rifle, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side, the affidavit states. The affidavit adds that the woman told police Palin was yelling: "Do you think I won't do it?"
The girlfriend "was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house," the affidavit says. "She didn't see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed."
It's not the first encounter with the law for Palin or other members of his family. In September 2014, he and other Palins were involved in a brawl that broke out at a party in Anchorage. No arrests were made in the melee, and no one wanted to press charges. But according to a police report, Palin had blood around his mouth and his hands. He was belligerent until his mother told him to talk to a police officer.
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