A Bowling Green woman is accused by police of forcing her way into another woman’s residence and striking her with a handgun during a physical altercation.

Joyce Elaine Browder, 58, was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Bowling Green Police Department officers responded soon after 8 a.m. Thursday to a North Lee Street apartment after a caller reported hearing two women arguing and a gunshot, according to an arrest citation.

Officers located the witness and took a statement from him. The apartment’s owner arrived and was made aware of the incident.

During a search of the residence, city police located Amber Evans, who was identified as the victim and was found to have two active warrants against her.

Evans told police Browder knocked on the door to her apartment Thursday morning. As Evans opened the door, Browder forced her way inside.

“Evans stated she observed Browder holding a small handgun in her hand and at that point a physical altercation ensued,” Browder’s arrest citation said. “Evans advised she was struck on the right side of her head and the back of her right shoulder with the handgun.”

The gun fired once and a round struck the ground in what Evans believed was an attempt to shoot her, according to the arrest citation.

BGPD detectives found Browder near her residence on Kattawar Circle, detained her and brought her to city police headquarters for an interview.

Browder told police she went to Lee Point Apartments to confront Evans about harassing her son, according to her arrest citation.

“Browder admitted to having a handgun in her possession when confronting Evans,” the arrest citation said. “During the interview Browder stated she produced the handgun, held it to her side and threatened to strike Evans in the mouth if she did not stop.”

Browder said Evans attempted to go around her, so she grabbed Evans by the neck and threw her to the ground and then struck Evans with the handgun, her arrest citation said.

“Browder stated as she attempted to place the gun in her pocket it was kicked by Evans, causing the gun to fire,” the citation said.

During the interview, Browder provided police with the location of the handgun, and the weapon was recovered.

Browder was placed in Warren County Regional Jail under a $25,000 cash bond.

– Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter @jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.

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