Bradenton police charge suspect with shooting in air and at his girlfriend
BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man has been charged with firing a handgun into the air and at his live-in girlfriend, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
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Tavaris Antonio Johnson, 27, was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of 25th Street East, Palmetto.
At 7:02 a.m., Bradenton police responded to a home in the 1800 block of Seventh Avenue East, Bradenton, for a report of shots fired with a possible victim.
Officers found shell casings in the road and in the driveway of the home. Witnesses said a female and Johnson were involved in a domestic dispute.
During the dispute, Johnson fired a handgun into the air and at his girlfriend, according to the report. Johnson also hit the victim in the head with the weapon, witnesses said.
Police said the pair were later found in Palmetto.
Johnson was arrested and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for medical clearance, according to the release. The victim declined medical treatment.
Both refused to assist with the investigation, police reported.
Johnson was charged with aggravated domestic assault, aggravated domestic battery, possession of firearm by convicted felon and discharging a firearm on a residential property.
Anyone with information can call Bradenton officer Fredy Ordonez at 941-932-9327 or remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 by calling 866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous e-tip to manateecrimestoppers.com.