Gun-toting woman fires gunshot at boyfriend in Melbourne

Melbourne woman fires gunshot at boyfriend.
Melbourne woman fires gunshot at boyfriend.

MELBOURNE, Florida – Deputies say a Melbourne woman had a shotgun in one hand, a handgun in another, and fired a “warning shot” for her boyfriend to leave, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Rebecca Elizabeth Lafayette, 58, was arrested on a charge of Aggravated Assault Domestic Violence.

Deputies responded to shots being fired at the 400 block of Carmel Drive in Melbourne. The victim said his girlfriend of two months were arguing throughout the day while Lafayette was heavily intoxicated. He then left to run errands.

When he returned to the home, he walked through the garage and sat down with a beer. That’s when his girlfriend approached him with a shotgun and a handgun, according to the report.

“Lafayette walked out the courtyard holding a shotgun in one hand and a .38 special revolver in the other. She then began to yell obscenities,” the deputy said.

While yelling, Lafayette told him to call the police while firing a gunshot in the air.

Deputies then spoke with Lafayette, who admitted she fired a weapon, but advised that she “had fired upwards as a ‘warning shot’ away from his direction,” the affidavit said.

Lafayette said her boyfriend threatened to choke her as they were arguing, so she grabbed two weapons.

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Neither the boyfriend or Lafayette had any injuries.

Lafayette was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail. Bond set at $10,000.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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