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Michigan woman sits on loaded gun to keep it away from ex-boyfriend

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Authorities say a Michigan woman may have saved her own life by sitting on a loaded handgun to keep it away from her ex-boyfriend.

Lawrence Chism, 45, of Bangor was charged with domestic violence and carrying a concealed weapon.

“He pulled a gun and I kicked him away from me,” the woman told Bangor officers as they headed into her bedroom to get the gun.

Our affiliates at WWMT obtained exclusive video of the arrest captured on an officer’s body camera.

In the video, the woman told officers that Chism pulled a gun from his waistband and tried to grab her, she kicked him and the gun fell onto the bed.

“When I sat up I realized I was sitting on the gun, but I wasn't going to move,” the woman told police. “I knew if I moved he would have probably reached for it.”

Police said Chism forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Bangor around 1 a.m. Monday.

Chism can be heard throughout a 911 call arguing with the woman and telling the dispatcher there is no gun.

911 OPERATOR: "I need you to be honest with me did you see a gun?"

CALLER: "I'm on it right now, ma'am."

911 OPERATOR: "You're on the gun?"

CALLER: "I'm sitting on it."

911 OPERATOR: "You're sitting on the gun?"

What the woman didn’t know, police said, is that a bullet was in the chamber of the gun when she threw herself on top of it.

911 OPERATOR: "I would not suggest you sit on the gun."

CALLER: "But I don't want him, I don't want him to get it from me."

So, she stayed seated on the gun, nervously whispering to the 911 operator to “hurry.”

Chism remained in the room with the woman who refused to get off the gun until police arrived, nearly nine minutes later, with guns drawn.

“My officer at the time didn’t know who had the gun, dispatch was just making him aware that there was a gun inside the residence so my officer had his rifle out,” said Bangor Police Chief Tommy Simpson.

Police said Chism was trying to flee when officers arrived. Body camera footage shows Chism walk out of the darkness with his hands raised before he is taken into custody.

“The situation was very dangerous for the officer, and for the suspect and the victim in this case,” Simpson said.

Inside the home, the woman told police she’s still in shock.

“I'm just shaking and I was scared,” she said.

One of the officers told the woman not to worry.

“He's in cuffs in the backseat right now, OK? So, he's not going anywhere,” the officer said.

Unfortunately, the woman has heard that before. Chism was arrested for domestic violence back in March.

Police said Chism is currently on probation for domestic violence committed at the same place and against the same victim in March, the only difference is this time, police said, he had a gun.

We always have repeat offenders, its nonstop,” Simpson said.

He doesn’t know if it’s a lack of space at the jail or the criminal justice system favoring probation, but said officers have had to arrest repeat offenders four or five times before they are sent to prison.

“I'm not trying to cast blame on anybody, but currently as it stands, it's not working,” Simpson said.

In this case, Simpson said his officers, the victim, and the suspect are fortunate no one was hurt.

While it’s unsafe to sit on a loaded gun, Simpson said that was probably the safest option.

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