Shots fired were reported on Old Evans Road near pet groomer Paws in Paradise and Evans Animal Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 23, according to a police report.
Samuel Friscia and Angelica Horton were arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon as well as multiple other charges.
Witness Eric Henderson said he saw Friscia jump out of the passenger side of a white Subaru SUV in the parking lot of Evans Animal Hospital and begin to walk along the sidewalk toward the TPS Gas Station.
Henderson watched Horton pull up beside Friscia and aim her handgun at him. Henderson saw and heard the initial shot as Friscia ducked and then jumped back into the white Subaru. He and Horton drove to a nearby dumpster, and Henderson witnessed Friscia throw something into one of the dumpsters. Henderson said he heard a loud noise he described as “like the sound of metal clang the bottom of the dumpster.”
Then, Friscia jumped into the dumpster and retrieved something, Henderson said.
A second witness, construction worker Darryl Grantham, was working next to Paws in Paradise when he heard a gun shot. He also witnessed Friscia and Horton drive to the dumpster as well as Friscia throwing something into the dumpster and then going back to retrieve it. According to Grantham, he “looked at me and asked if I had a problem.”
Columbia County deputies responded and determined that Horton fired the shot at Friscia. They searched Horton’s vehicle and then arrested her after finding the handgun under the driver’s seat. According to the deputy’s report, the gun had bullets remaining in it. They found a spent .38 caliber bullet on the floorboard of the passenger’s seat.
Both Henderson and Friscia said they were arguing and that no shots had been fired, according to the deputy’s report.
Video evidence later confirmed that Friscia exited the vehicle and discarded an item into the dumpster before going back to retrieve it. Though video evidence could not determine if the item was the gun, witnesses told the deputy they believed the item was a handgun, based on the noise it made after hitting the bottom of the empty dumpster.
Both suspects previously have been convicted of felonies in Montana and Louisiana.
Horton was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Friscia has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of a law enforcement officer due to his attempt to conceal evidence of a crime and his refusal to cooperate with the investigation of a crime.
Both subjects were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center.