Fairview man charged with threatening girlfriend with gun

News-DemocratJune 18, 2013 

A Fairview Heights man has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend Monday.

Gilardi C. Burns, 43, of the 9600 block of Richfield, was been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Fairview Heights Police were called to the 9600 block of Richfield at 12:30 a.m. Monday in response to a call about an argument between Burns and his girlfriend, according to Fairview Heights Police Detective James Mason. Police said that when they arrived, they learned Burns had pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend and threatened to shoot her if she left. Police found two shotguns at the residence and later determined one of the shotguns had been reported stolen from Bethalto.

Police also discovered Burns has a previous felony conviction which prevents him from owning any firearm or obtaining a gun permit.

Interviews with Burns and the victim were unable to determine what prompted the argument. No one was injured in the incident.

Burns' bail was set at $35,000 and he remained in custody Tuesday at the St. Clair County Jail.

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