Police: Woman Brandished Loaded Gun at Newington Chuck E. Cheese

Newington police said 30-year-old Tawana Bourne of Middletown argued with another woman, pulled out her gun and chambered a round at the popular children's pizza and amusement center.

A Middletown woman pulled out a loaded semiautomatic handgun and threatened another woman with it at a popular children's pizza and amusement center, according to Newington Police.

On Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., members of the Newington Police Department responded to the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 3075 Berlin Turnpike for a report of an argument involving a firearm. 

Upon arrival, the report indicates, officers found Tawana Bourne, 30, of Middletown, who had a .380 caliber handgun.

Through investigation, the Newington Police found Bourne was at the restaurant with her child when she argued with another woman with a child. Police say Bourne allegedly brandished a .380 semiautomatic handgun and chambered a round. 

Police say Bourne had a valid state of Connecticut pistol permit and her firearms and permit were seized.

She was charged with breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, second-degree threatening and first-degree reckless endangerment. 

Bourne was released after posting a $50,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Feb. 19.

Avon parents, do you take your kid to Chuck E. Cheese?

Adam February 06, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Stories like this make gun owners look bad. 99.99% of CCW permit holders know better, but the .01% get all of the attention. I doubt this would have made the news if it was a knife. But that's the Patch for you.
Sue Budde February 07, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Patch is just reporting the news. They didn't creat the situation.
Sue Budde February 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM
And PS... It's not the story making gun owners look bad. It's the stupid actions if this GUN OWNER!!
Adam February 07, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Dear Sue: Respectfully, the media creates the news. They don't just "report it". At the outset, the editors decide what will run and what won't run (even though you it may be newsworthy to others). The reporter investigates and perhaps writes a story. Various decisions must be made. The location (front page or middle of section C?), layout (side margin or full layout?), length (digest version or a series of articles?), assumptions (the journalist brings his own judgment, temperament, vocabulary, and experience to the table), descriptions (what is deemed relevant to the story?) and headline (how to condense a concept in five words?) frame how the story is communicated to the reader. Sometimes the audience drives events to become news by showing interest (e.g. the impending snow storm tomorrow). But often times, as in the case here, the vast majority of people didn't know about the event. The Patch decided that this was "news worthy" for one reason or another. I believe one of the factors that led the Patch to run the story was because it involved a firearm in a public place, which of course is the focus of certain, left of center, policymakers. I believe the Patch, in conspicuously running this story against the backdrop of a contemporaneous frenzy over gun ownership, wishes to influence the debate.


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