A Johnson City woman arrested Wednesday after firing a gun inside her own home then fleeing told a police officer she was being abused and shot into the air to get away.
Alison Combs Albritton, 51, 913 E. Chilhowie Ave., is charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault.
During her arraignment Thursday afternoon, Albritton asked Sessions Court Judge James Nidiffer if he had the statement she gave police about the abuse.
“The officer who interviewed me wrote down my account of what happened. Have you read that?” Albritton asked.
Nidiffer said he had not and advised Albritton that anything she said in open court could be used against her during the case.
“I have never been arrested before,” she said.
Albritton did not go into any other details of the abuse she said was inflicted on her.
When police arrived at her home Wednesday, they determined two relatives — including her husband — were nearly hit by the rounds Albritton fired.
She was stopped while driving on Interstate 26 and arrested.
Albritton told police she “fired the pistol up into the air,” but evidence at the scene did not support that, according to a court affidavit filed by Johnson City Police Investigator Mark Stout.
Nidiffer appointed the public defender to represent Albritton and set a preliminary hearing for March 28. She was being held on $50,000 bond.