Douglas, Arizona

From the Douglas Daily Dispatch of November 21, 2007

Domestic violence between teens erupts into gunfire

A teenaged girl fired a handgun at her boyfriend and missed early Saturday morning after she was punched, nearly strangled and held against her will.

The girl then scooped her 1–year-old daughter and fled the boyfriend’s home, police authorities said.

Both teens are 17. Their names were not released by the Douglas Police Department.

At about 1:21 a.m. Saturday the police were dispatched to a Douglas home involving violence between the two teens.

The boyfriend arrived home from work and accused his girlfriend of cheating on him, said Marcus Gonzales, the spokesman for the Douglas Police Department.

His girlfriend attempted to leave, but the boyfriend wouldn’t let her. The boyfriend then became violent and he pushed her, causing her to fall to the floor.

He then punched her and began to strangle her.

She escaped and once again tried to leave the house. The boyfriend held her against her will and struck her on the forehead with a frying pan, Gonzales said.

The boyfriend then took out a handgun from a dresser drawer, pointed it at her, then pointed it to his own head.

She knocked the gun out of his hand, grabbed it, aimed it at him, and squeezed the trigger twice. The gun, though, did not fire.

The boyfriend ran through the hallway of the house and out the front door.

The girl, fearing that he would return, squeezed the trigger and fired off a shot that went through the screen door, Gonzales said.

The girl put the gun down, grabbed her daughter, and ran out of the house, looking for help.

She spotted a Douglas police officer on 10th Street and D Avenue and flagged him down.

Police arrested the boyfriend and charged him with aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and three counts of endangerment.

Police also found a two-month-old baby in the house.

The boyfriend was transported to the Cochise County Jail, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond. The girl was released without charges


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