Shots Fired Near Woman, Baby During Domestic Dispute

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JENKINS TOWNSHIP – Authorities in Luzerne County charged a man with aggravated assault and terroristic assaults, after a violent domestic dispute near Pittston.

Court documents said Eric Phillips of Jenkins Township was involved in a fight with a woman inside a home on Willow Road around 12:30 p.m., when he grabbed a handgun and allegedly fired several shots.

Investigators said the women was not hit by the gunfire, and that she grabbed an infant boy in the house and fled to Lackawanna County.

According to officers, Phillips drove to Laflin and “holed himself up” inside a house on Main Street, where officials said they used a stun gun on Phillips to take him into custody.

Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told Newswatch 16 that administrators at nearby Pittston Area High School were told to take safety precautions following the incident.

"Due to the close proximity to Pittston Area High School, I believe that the officer did call them in and ensure that they were locked down, in case the shooter approached that area,” said Sanguedolce. “Once the shooter was in custody, the lockdown was lifted."

Court documents said that the woman was treated for injuries to her neck, and that the infant was treated for head injuries, at a hospital in Scranton.

Phillips denied the allegations after he was arraigned in Swoyersville; he was later taken to the Luzerne County Jail with his bail set at $250,000.