A woman arrested for allegedly shooting at her neighbor after a noise dispute escalated into a SWAT standoff appeared in court Monday.
Brittany Lefler, 35, is accused of firing a shot through a neighbors front door and locking herself in a Clairemont Mesa home for about six hours.
"Shock" and "fear" were some of the words witnesses used to describe the chaos that erupted when Lefler allegedly fired a gun through a neighbor's door, because she was angry over a noise complaint.
Lefler listened carefully, jotting down notes while neighbors testified against her.
Last December, police were called to her apartment on Beadnell Way after a neighbor complained she was being too loud. Lefler received a warning and the police left, but they returned after she confronted the complaining neighbor by shooting at her door and pointing a gun at two more people.
The disturbance in the neighborhood prompted the evacuation of residents in surrounding apartments, road closures and even a precautionary lock down of a nearby preschool.
The victim who reported the noise complaint told police Lefler had fired shots at her during the confrontation, while she was in her apartment and as she walked on a staircase outside.
Lefler refused to leave her apartment for six hours while SWAT teams surrounded the location before her eventual arrest. Police say there were three people inside the apartment she fired into, including a 10-year-old child.
Fortunately, nobody was injured.