Shots fired triggers standoff, evacuations

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A domestic dispute that led to threats to a person with two weapons and a shotgun blast led to a three-hour standoff with Copperas Cove Police Wednesday morning and some neighbors being evacuated for their safety.

Copperas Cove Police Lieutenant Jeremy Alber said it started sometime before 2:00 a.m. when police got a 911 call about a domestic dispute in a travel trailer in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of Primrose Drive.

Lt. Alber said the victim and the suspect, identified as Genna Michelle Ferguson, were in the trailer drinking alcohol when Ferguson told the victim to get out of the trailer.

When the victim did not immediately leave, Ferguson was said to have threatened the victim with a firearm.

One shotgun blast was fired at the victim, but missed and  struck the ceiling of the travel trailer.

Ferguson is then accused of pointing a handgun at the victim, who fled to the residence and called 911.

Officers arriving on the scene attempted to make contact with Ferguson but police said she would not come out of the travel trailer.

The SWAT team members were called to the scene and notified several area residents they needed to evacuate for their own safety.

At about 5:00 a.m., after about three hours of negotiations, Ferguson came out of the trailer peacefully and was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence.

Genna Michelle Ferguson was arraigned on the charge before Justice of the Peace John Guinn about 11:30 a.m., with Judge Guinn setting her bond at $25,000.

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