By Bonnie Culverhouse
It turns out that shooting a pistol into the ground is still illegal in the city limits.
Chelsea Anita Flanagan, 26, of the 800 block of Brackin St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with illegal use of a weapon.
Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree and Off. Ben Sparks were dispatched to the residence where neighbors reported a disturbance between a man and woman.
“The woman was saying she was going to shoot the man,” said the chief. “Officers located LaCalvin Knowles on the porch drinking beer. Knowles refused to identify himself and told officers he heard a shot down the street. When asked where the female was he was fighting with, he told them ‘in the house.’”
Officers made contact with Flanagan and she reportedly told them a car was on scene.
“She couldn’t tell officers what kind of car nor who was in the car,” Cropper said. “She said the car would not leave – even though she told them ‘100 times,’ so she shot a round into the ground.”
Officers mirandized Flanagan, and she reportedly showed them where she fired the gun.
“She told officers she racked the handgun and a bullet fell out. She picked up the bullet and gave it to the officer.”
Cropper said officers collected a shell casing on the roadway, and Flanagan showed officers a .9MM Smith and Wesson Shield that was in her vehicle. The gun was reportedly loaded with 6 rounds of ammunition.
Flanagan was arrested on the above charge and Knowles was arrested for unrelated warrants.
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