Police: Drunk woman arrested for shooting bullets into the ground

Cindy Cutlip (Clark County Jail).

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A woman was taken into custody Monday morning after Springfield police responded to a report of shots fired.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. at an apartment in the 3300 block of Columbus Avenue.

A caller reported that they heard multiple shots fired in the area, but could not identify where they came from, or if anyone was injured.

Cindy Cutlip (Clark County Jail).
Cindy Cutlip (Clark County Jail).

When Springfield police canvassed the area, they saw a woman, later identified as 40-year-old Cindy Cutlip, of Springfield, firing a handgun “into the front yard area” while standing on the porch of the apartment. A man, later identified as her boyfriend, was standing next to her on the porch. When the two saw the police officer pull up to the house, they reportedly slowly turned and entered the house in an “unhurried manner,” according to the police report.

As backup arrived for police, the man exited the house and was handcuffed by police. He claimed that it was he who was firing the gun, and not Cutlip. When the officer explained that he saw Cutlip firing the gun, the man said they were lighting sparklers.

The officer noted that the man was intoxicated.

Officers were able to call Cutlip on her cell phone to tell her to come outside. When she did, she was placed in handcuffs for questioning. Officers also noted that Cutlip was intoxicated. Police say she “flatly denied that any firearms had been shot during the entire night or morning,” according to the report. The officer “then informed her that (he) had seen her shooting a firearm, and she still denied having done anything involving a gun.”

The man permitted officers to search the house, where they found a Ruger P-90 .45 caliber handgun, along with ammunition. Police noted that this is the same ammunition expended on the porch and surrounding yard.

Police used a gunshot residue kit on Cutlip.

She was booked into the Clark County Jail on a single charge of having weapons while intoxicated.

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