Police: woman tackled, tasered after pointing gun at officers

A Manheim woman is facing several charges after police say she pointed a gun at officers following a domestic dispute.

On Friday at around 11:15 p.m., the Manheim Borough Police Department responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance along the 300 block of North Colebrook Road. A witness contacted officials after hearing a man and woman fighting.

The man involved in the incident confirmed to police that he had been fighting with his wife, 50-year-old Holly E. Bires.

As authorities approached the bedroom where Bires was staying, she began screaming at officers.

Bires then opened the door and leveled a 7.62mm rifle at two of the officers. She was immediately subdued after police tackled her and tasered her.

Officials said Bires was visually intoxicated to a degree that she endangered herself and others.

She was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, possession of weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

“The officers' actions in this violent encounter are nothing short of heroic,” said Chief Stauffer. “The actions of Mrs. Bires put herself and officers at risk of death or serious bodily injury. Domestic situations involving drugs, alcohol and guns are some of the most dangerous situations for law enforcement, family members and the community.”

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