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Gun goes off during fight over ex-girlfriend; man charged

A Slatington man has been charged after his gun went off and injured another man during a fight.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Michael Bretzger of the Pennsylvania State Police Bethlehem barracks:

At 7:52 p.m. May 25, Bretzger was dispatched to a home on Peters Road in Heidelberg Township for a report of a fight that resulted in a shot being fired.

When Bretzger got on scene he spoke to the victim who said that Michael Martir, 26, showed up at his house because Martir’s ex-girlfriend was there.

The victim said that he and Martir got into a fight and Martir then grabbed something out of his car and they continued to wrestle.

The victim said he put Martir in a wrestling hold and he heard a gun go off, and a puff of smoke rise from the ground.

The victim then saw a gun in Martir’s hand and then brought him to the ground, putting pressure on Martir’s head until he dropped the gun.

Martir got in his car and drove away.

A witness said Martir usually carries an unloaded gun in his glove box of his car.

The witness said he heard a gun go off while Martir and the victim were engaged in a fight. An expended round from a 40-Caliber handgun, and a magazine containing 13 rounds were found on scene. The victim had a gunshot graze on his left arm.

Bretzger called Martir who agreed to come into the barracks for an interview and bring the gun.

Martir faces charges of aggravated assault.

He was released on $25,000 bail, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing July 16 before District Judge Tom Creighton of Slatington.