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Woman facing charges in Lehighton shooting

Published September 18. 2012 05:01PM

Lehighton Police have charged a woman with shooting her boyfriend during a physical altercation in their First Street apartment early Monday morning. The fight allegedly was over a "love triangle."

Charged was Eleanor Figuccio, 25, of 198 S. First St. She was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and then committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000, 10 percent bail.

She faces three misdemeanor counts: simple assault - attempt to cause bodily injury, simple assault with a deadly weapon, and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the affidavit, the gun went off when Figuccio and her boyfriend, Anthony Chillari, were struggling over possession of it.

Chillari was struck in the hand and thigh. He was reportedly transported to a Lehigh Valley hospital.

Lehighton police are continuing the investigation. It is not known if Chillari will be charged.

The incident happened at about 3:41 a.m. According to the affidavit, Figuccio alleges Chillari initially pointed the gun at her.

The affidavit says that Figuccio entered the apartment of Chillari, her boyfriend of two years. She left the residence earlier in the night and took some clothing with her because she believed Chillari "was being unfaithful with another woman."

According to the court document, she used a credit card to get into the apartment since she had left her keys there earlier. She was met by Chillari.

The affidavit says, "He had a 9mm Keritec handgun in his possession at this time and told Eleanor to leave. Eleanor refused to do so and attempted to get by Anthony, but he kept pushing her back telling her to leave the apartment."

It adds that Figuccio was pushed to the ground.

"She stated that Anthony then pointed the gun to her head and told her to leave or he would shoot her," the affidavit says.

"He then bent down and grabbed one of her legs in an attempt to drag her out of the apartment. He then placed the gun upon the ground next to him and attempted to grab her other leg for the same purpose. She then kicked him and he fell to his knees.

"Eleanor then grabbed the gun off the floor and pointed it at him. He in turn immediately grabbed the gun and it went off striking his hand and thigh."

The affidavit goes on to state that Emily Moyer, with whom Chillari was allegedly having the affair, emerged from a bedroom "and jumped on Eleanor and held her down until police arrived."

The arresting officer in the case is Patrolman Scott S. Prebosnyak of the Lehighton Police Department.

At the scene, police officers from several neighboring departments assisted the Lehighton Police. The Lehighton Ambulance transported Chillari.

Prebosnyak was assisted in the investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

A preliminary hearing for Figuccio has tentatively been scheduled for Sept. 26 before Lewis.

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