Asylum Twp. female charged with aggravated assault; Tonya Burgess had allegedly fired two shots into her residence
An Asylum Township woman is accused of firing two shots into her residence over the weekend, knowing that her boyfriend was inside the home at the time, police said.
Tonya Kay Burgess, 39, has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment, police said.
The shooting occurred during a domestic dispute that occurred early Sunday at the home Burgess shares with her boyfriend, Christopher Schrimp, police said.
Schrimp, 40, gave police the following account of the incident, according to a court document filed the state police in Towanda District Court:
Burgess punched Schrimp in the face and head, and he grabbed her arms to stop her from hitting him.
Schrimp told Burgess to get out of the house. He escorted her into the basement, and locked the basement door behind her, so that she could not get back into the main part of the house, where he was located.
Burgess pounded on the door, asking Schrimp to let her back in.
Schrimp went into his bedroom and heard a shot.
Burgess began to kick and hit the door again, and continued to tell him to let her into the residence.
Approximately 10 minutes after the first shot, Schrimp heard another shot. He investigated and saw bullet holes in the basement door and in the wall opposite the door.
Schrimp then called 911.
The state police who investigated the shooting said they saw two bullet holes in the basement door and two matching holes in the wall opposite the door, according to a criminal complaint the state police filed against Burgess in Towanda District Court.
On the other side of the wall is a closet, and one of the bullets was found in the closet, police said.
Burgess told police that Schrimp would not let her back in to get clothes, so she fired the gun, according to the criminal complaint.
Burgess told police that she threatened to shoot the door open before she fired, according to the complaint.
The firearm that Burgess used was a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, police said.
Burgess was arraigned by Athens Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Sunday. Burgess was then sent to the Bradford County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Burgess must face the charges at a preliminary hearing before Towanda Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark on March 27.
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