LANCASTER – A 33-year-old woman was in jail Wednesday, accused of discharging a firearm belonging to an off-duty deputy who was trying to keep her from driving drunk, authorities said.
Angela Tatum was arrested for negligent discharge of a weapon and drunk driving in connection with an incident that happened late Tuesday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 714 West Milling Street, according to Lt. Paul Pfrehm of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Tatum had crashed her vehicle into a pole and was attempting to leave the parking lot when an off-duty deputy intervened, Pfrehm said.
The two began to struggle, and during the scuffle, the off-duty deputy lost his gun and it fell to the ground, Pfrehm said.
“The drunk driver picked it up and fired a round and was tackled,” Pfrehm said. “Nobody was hit.”
Several deputies converged on the scene late Tuesday night, according to witnesses.
“We responded originally to a disturbance call there, involving them trying to stop her from driving away,” Pfrehm said. “As the deputies arrived, they heard the gunshots and then, of course, requested assistance.”
Pfrehm said the weapon fired belonged to the off-duty deputy, but it was not a department weapon. The deputy worked out of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, sources at the scene said.
Tatum was booked into the Lancaster Station around 1:47 a.m. Wednesday and jailed on $35,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records. She is due in court on Friday to answer charges.