Woman Arrested After Discharging Firearm During Dispute
On March 23, at 1:03 a.m. Eugene Police officers were called to Moon Mountain Drive and Glenwood Boulevard regarding a dispute between a woman a homeless man, with shots fired. An investigation found Nicole Lee Burke, age 50, arrived to the area in her vehicle and after telling the victim to leave the area within 12 hours, discharged her firearm in the general area with the victim nearby, possibly into the ground. The victim reported he fled from his trailer for safety. Officers arrived on scene and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle and commanded Burke out of the vehicle. Burke complied. A subsequent investigation found Burke to have been driving while intoxicated. The victim of the dispute is a male, age 36. Burke was charged with Burke was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Menacing and Coercion.
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