2 people arrested after shots fired in Superior
No injuries were reported.
SUPERIOR — Superior police arrested two people after shots were fired from an apartment on the 700 block of Bridge Avenue around 8:11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Both made initial appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court this week.
Jontae Donald Pederson, 20, faces felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm, all as a repeater. He also faces one misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm while intoxicated as a repeater.
He appeared in court Tuesday, Feb. 8. A cash bond of $15,000 was set for Pederson, and he was ordered to have no contact with three victims or their addresses and no possession of any dangerous weapons.
Tatijahna Nate Burse, 20, faces one felony count of attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, as well as two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
Burse appeared in court Monday, Feb. 7. A cash bond of $500 was set for and she was ordered to have no contact with Officer Tony Schroeder.
Superior police officers were dispatched to the apartment on Bridge Avenue in the city's North End neighborhood after a number of people called 911 to report a man shooting a gun out of a second story apartment window, according to the criminal complaints. After officers secured the area, witnesses identified the apartment where the shots had been fired. A man in the apartment also called 911 to report that he was not the shooter.
Officers surrounded the apartment and had the occupants — Pederson, Burse and a 2-year-old child — leave. Pederson, who was identified by witnesses as the shooter, was taken into custody, according to the criminal complaints.
Officers were granted a search warrant for the apartment and located a handgun under the mattress of the child's bed.
As many as nine bullets may have been fired during the incident, according to the criminal complaints. One bullet reportedly entered a home a block away through the back window. It traveled through a room and struck a frame around a mirror above a sink before falling to the floor. Three adults and four children were in the home at the time, the complaints said.
Additional bullet holes were found in a garage door, inside a vehicle and in a dumpster near the apartment. Shell casings were located near the front door and in an upstairs bedroom of the Bridge Avenue apartment, as well as the alleyway behind houses in the 600 block of Cumming Ave.
Field sobriety tests indicated Pederson was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He told officers he had been using drugs he had gotten from a friend, Sweet Tarts dipped in lorazepam, the complaint said.
Burse did not comply with officer commands to put up her hands and ran toward Pederson as he was being arrested, according to the complaint.
Later that evening, Burse reportedly attempted to enter the house while officers were executing the search warrant. Officer Tony Schroeder explained that she would be allowed back in the residence after the search was compete. Burse yelled at the officer, then took off her shoe and threw it directly at him, the criminal complaint said.
Both Burse and Pederson remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Preliminary hearings for the two are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16.
This story was updated at 10:27 a.m. Feb. 10 with additional information from the criminal complaints. It was originally posted at 3:01 p.m. Feb. 7.