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Shooting victim charged in fight

Published September 20. 2012 05:01PM

A part-time corrections officer in Carbon County, who was shot early Monday morning following a physical altercation with his girlfriend, has been charged in the incident and suspended from his job.

The fight allegedly was over a "love triangle."

According to court documents, Anthony M. Chillari, 31, of 198 S. First St., Apt. 1, Lehighton, was charged with simple assault - attempt by menace, by Lehighton Police, after it was determined that he attempted to put his girlfriend, Eleanor Figuccio, in fear of imminent serious bodily harm. The arresting officer was Lehighton Patrolman Scott S. Prebosnyak

In addition, the Carbon County Prison Board, during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, voted to suspend Chillari from his position indefinitely.

Figuccio, who shot Chillari in the hand and thigh during the altercation in their home in Lehighton, was charged on Monday with three misdemeanor counts of simple assault - attempt to cause bodily injury, simple assault with a deadly weapon, and recklessly endangering another person. She was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe and committed to Carbon County Correctional Facility but has been transferred to Northampton Correctional Facility due to her boyfriend's employment.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the incident happened around 3:41 a.m. in Chillari and Figuccio's apartment.

Figuccio used a credit card to enter the apartment of Chillari, her boyfriend of two years, with whom she resided, after she left her keys inside.

She left the residence earlier in the night to go to her mother's because she believed Chillari "was being unfaithful with another woman."

Prior to returning, a number of phone calls were made between the pair, where Figuccio told Chillari she was coming to the residence but did not have her key. Chillari then proceeded to remove the apartment door key and threw the rest of Figuccio's keys outside the door.

Upon entering, Figuccio was met by Chillari, who was pointing a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun at her.

The affidavit continues that Chillari told Figuccio to leave, but she refused and attempted to get by Chillari, who kept pushing her back.

Chillari then pushed Figuccio to the ground, "pointed his gun to her head and stated 'I will shoot you.'" He then attempted to drag her out of the apartment.

While kneeling down to grab her leg, Figuccio kicked him and grabbed the gun, which Chillari laid on the floor, and pointed it at him. Chillari went to grab the gun and it discharged, hitting him in the right hand and thigh.

Lehighton police learned during the investigation that following the shooting Emily Moyer, with whom Chillari was allegedly having an affair, came out of the bedroom and attacked Figuccio, holding her down until police arrived on scene.

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.

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