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Woman allegedly shoots boyfriend over argument about pizza

Police said she shot him in front of her children

L. MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege a Lehigh County woman shot her boyfriend in front of her two children following an argument that started over $50 worth of pizza.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Jacqueline Rivera-Figueroa with two counts of aggravated assault and related charges in connection with the shooting Monday morning inside her Lower Milford Township apartment. District Judge Daniel Trexler arraigned the 30-year-old late Monday night, setting bail at $500,000.

State police with the Fogelsville barracks and officers from Upper Saucon Township responded shortly after 8 a.m. Monday to an apartment in the 1400 block of Limeport Pike to investigate a reported shooting.

The Upper Saucon police officers were the first to arrive and encountered Rivera-Figueroa running out of the building screaming for help, according to court records. She was ordered to the ground, and officers discovered a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun in her waistband, according to records.

Police said Rivera-Figueroa was barefoot and had a “reddish substance” on her hands, clothing and feet. They reported later finding bloody footprints in the apartment.

Emergency medical personnel found the 35-year-old victim in a bedroom, bleeding from the groin or abdomen area.

A witness told state police that the couple had been arguing Sunday about Rivera-Figueroa reportedly ordering $50 worth of pizza. The victim left the apartment for the night.

After the victim returned Monday morning, the witness told authorities he heard a bang and ran into the bedroom to find him on the floor, bleeding with Rivera-Figueroa applying pressure to the wound, according to court records.

“She shot me,” the victim said.

Rivera-Figueroa’s 12-year-old and 6-year-old children were in the room when she allegedly shot her boyfriend. The witness escorted them to another bedroom.

The 12-year-old later told police that he heard a loud noise and saw the victim fall down.

The witness told police he grabbed the gun and put it on the driver’s seat of the victim’s car. Rivera-Figueroa reportedly left her boyfriend to retrieve the gun that she allegedly planned on ditching in a wooded area behind her apartment.

Police charged Rivera-Figueroa with two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and single counts of simple assault, tampering with evidence, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

She failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 5.

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