A decorated California nurse is behind bars this week after allegedly shooting her handgun at a neighbor’s apartment on Sunset Boulevard while “drunk” Monday afternoon, authorities say.
Kathryn Pugh, a 39-year-old registered nurse who received a DAISY award in 2019 at Huntington Health in Arcadia, allegedly drank too much and punched her apartment amid an argument with her downstairs neighbor, police said.
Police say the woman in the apartment below Pugh called 911 to report the sound of a gunshot and an apparent bullet hole in her ceiling around 3:49 p.m. Monday.
Arcadia police arrived and reportedly found Pugh “intoxicated and in possession of two handguns.” She had legally registered both guns, police told Fox News Digital, and they said they had no prior documented interactions with her.
“It appears that the victim and suspect have an ongoing dispute over issues related to the apartment,” police said in a statement.
Police allege she fired three shots in total, through her floor and an outside wall.
“It appears they were fired intentionally,” police told Fox News Digital on Thursday.
Pugh faces two criminal charges of discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling. No injuries were reported during the incident.
His bail was initially set at $250,000, but a judge ordered him held without bail at his arraignment this week, despite having no criminal history.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office, which has advocated low or no bail for repeat violent offenders, said the bail was increased due to the court’s concern for public safety.
In March, Gascon’s office revised a policy prohibiting his assistant attorney from asking for cash bail, something he had wanted to eliminate altogether.
“The District Attorney remains firmly committed to the fundamental principles that Los Angeles voters have embraced, including the goals of eliminating cash bail and maximizing bail within the limits of public safety,” the office said. de Gascon at Fox News Digital at the time. “Over the past 18 months, we have identified some shortcomings in our existing system of pre-trial monitoring that require slight adjustments in the way we pursue these goals. For individuals who pose an exceptional risk to public safety, including those who have committed additional crimes while on bail, the office may seek bail under a narrowly tailored set of circumstances.
The hospital’s DAISY award recognizes “excellence in clinical skills, caring and compassion”. A spokesperson for the institution did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pugh is due back in court on August 16.
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