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Woman arrested for allegedly firing pistol, starting fire during domestic dispute appears in court

Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-21 07:03:03-05

Newport News, Va. - A woman accused of intentionally setting a fire and firing a gun during a domestic dispute last Thanksgiving appeared in court again on Friday.

Attiyah Fenwick, 19, was arrested after police and fire personnel were called to the apartment in the 100 block of Heritage Way in Newport News that she shared with her boyfriend after calls about a disturbance and a fire.

The Deputy Fire Marshal who investigated said he found that the apartment’s dining room had been destroyed by flames.

Fenwick reportedly told him she had purposely lit a plastic bin and a cardboard box on fire.

According to the testimony, Fenwick told the Fire Marshal that she saw on her boyfriend’s computer that he was messaging another girl, so she took his .40 caliber handgun and threatened to go find the other girl.

According to police, that’s when she fired the gun, lodging a bullet in the sofa, before pointing the gun at her boyfriend.

After her arrest, court papers say she had every intention to kill him, but didn’t because he has kids.

The judge felt this evidence was enough to send Fenwick’s two felony charges of Arson and Unlawfully Discharging a Firearm to a higher court.

Fenwick will find out when her trial will start next month.

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