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Dubois woman arrested after firing a gun during Wednesday argument

Aug 29, 2013 - From staff reports

A Fremont County woman was arrested Wednesday after shooting a gun during a dispute in the 100 block of Taylor Creek Road in Dubois.

Lori Guttke, 21, of Dubois, was charged with domestic battery, reckless endangering and interference with police after the incident, which was reported at about 5 p.m. Wednesday from Taylor Creek Road. According to the caller, a man and woman were fighting in the area, and the woman "took off and ran a stop sign."

When a deputy arrived in the area, he said he found a man sitting on the bank of Taylor Creek. The man said he had been assaulted by Guttke.

Officials said the deputy walked back to his truck to drive to the man's location.

"As the deputy entered his truck the man began to yell, and then a shot rang out," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Thursday in a press release.

"At this point we know that Guttke fired the weapon. The trajectory is unclear, however there is a good indication the round went to the east toward Taylor Creek Exxon."

No one is reported to have been struck by the bullet.

The deputy drove back to the creek bank and found Guttke sitting in a truck near the male subject. Lee said she eventually dropped a .45/70 caliber handgun out of the window of the truck, and she was taken into custody after the deputy removed her from her vehicle.

Guttke reportedly was struck in the head by the firearm's recoil when she shot the gun, and she received minor treatment at the Lander Regional Hospital that evening.

Lee said an investigation revealed Guttke had been in a domestic disturbance with the man involved. The man reportedly left the residence, and she followed him in the vehicle.

Lee described the handgun Guttke used as a 4.5-pound weapon measuring about 15 inches long with a 7.5-inch barrel. He said it fires a "high-powered rifle cartridge."

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