A Florida woman admitted to firing a pistol inside her home to let a man know she wasn’t kidding when she threatened to shoot him in the kneecap.
Jaime Lynn Prange, 43, of SE 159th Terrace, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the residence and spoke with the intoxicated victim, who said Prange fired a gun at him. He said she was in the shower inside the home, according to the sheriff’s office report.
After being detained, Prange said she and the victim got into an argument earlier in the evening due to him looking through her phone and finding communications she had with another person. She said she was seated at the kitchen table when the victim pushed her, causing her to fall backwards, the report said.
Prange said she stood up and chased the victim into the bedroom, where she tackled him onto the bed and they rolled onto the floor. She said the victim bit the middle finger on her left hand during the altercation. The deputy observed bleeding and light bruising on her hand consistent with her account. Prange refused medical treatment, according to the report.
Prange said she told the victim, “I’m going to shoot you in the kneecap.” She said he remained in the bedroom while she went to retrieve her firearm, a 9mm Ruger Security-9 handgun. Prange said she sat down in the kitchen with the gun in her lap when the victim walked out of the bedroom and made comments about taking the dog, the report said.
Prange said she gathered the dog’s items and packed them into a vehicle outside, then returned to the kitchen with the gun while the victim remained in the bedroom. She said she walked into the bedroom and discharged the firearm, hitting the front door. Prange said she fired the gun to let the victim know she wasn’t kidding, according to the report.
Prange said she turned around, put the gun away and entered the bathroom. She said the victim tried to break down the bathroom door and then walked away. Prange said she entered the shower, which is where she remained until the deputy arrived. She directed the deputy to the firearm, which had been secured in the attic, the report said.
The deputy observed a hole in the front door that continued through a piece of plywood leaning against the outside of the door. The deputy also saw a hole in the front ender of Prange’s vehicle consistent with a firearm projectile, according to the report.
The victim said he saw communications in Prange’s phone that he confronted her about earlier in the day. He said hours went by and she brought the argument back up. The victim said Prange denied the allegations and he called her a liar, and she “came at his face,” grabbing him around his head and face. He said he bit her finger during that altercation, the report said.
The victim said he returned to his bedroom, fell sleep and woke up to the sound of gunfire. He said Prange did not make any statements before or after discharging the firearm. The victim said he was in fear for his life and called 911. He said Prange entered the shower and stayed there until the deputy arrived, according to the report.
Due to the conflicting statements, the deputy was unable to determine the primary aggressor in the physical contact, but there was enough probable cause to arrest Prange for firing the gun. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Tuesday on $2,000 bond.