2 arrested after shot fired on Tybee; handgun found in toilet

Crime & Safety

Heidi Simmons, 43 (L) Destefano Allen, 33 (R)

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – Two people were arrested Tuesday night after a shot was fired near Tybrisa Street.

Officials say the handgun used in the incident was found in a toilet in a nearby bar.

According to the Tybee Island Police Department (TIPD), around 10 p.m., a group of bystanders flagged down officers on patrol in the area. They told police a woman, later identified as 43-year-old Heidi Simmons, pointed a handgun at other women before firing a round into the air.

Witnesses said Simmons passed her handgun to a companion who walked away from the scene, TIPD said.

The officers then made contact with Simmons who denied the incident, claiming she set off a firework.

Meanwhile, TIPD said officers found a 9mm shell casing in the area, which they say consistent with the bystanders’ original report.

According to the department, police then made contact with Simmons’ companion, Destefano Allen, 33, in front of Benny’s, a local bar. Allen told officers he had to relieve himself, and went inside Benny’s to the bathroom.

After he exited, TIPD said officers entered the bathroom and located a handgun in the tank of the toilet that matched the description provided by witnesses.

Officers then placed both suspects under arrest and transported them to the Chatham County Detention Center.

Simmons was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless conduct, obstruction and carrying a concealed weapon. Allen faces charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information helpful to the ongoing investigation — including pictures or video — is asked to contact Det. Travis LeGuin at 912-786-5600 or tleguin@cityoftybee.org.

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