CORNING - A 51-year-old woman was arrested at about 10:40 p.m. Monday for allegedly threatening a female with a loaded handgun at a Buffalo Street home.

Laura E. Simons, of 212 Buffalo St., Corning, was charged Monday with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing.

911 dispatched patrolmen to the Buffalo Street home after receiving a call from a nearby residence, according to Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. Upon arrival at the residence, police were confronted outside by a female suspect that initially ran back into the house.

Spaulding said a short time later, the female suspect exited the home once again and was quickly taken into custody.

While responding to the call, city police requested the assistance of the Painted Post State Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Spaulding said. All three agencies responded to the Buffalo address.

Investigation revealed that Simons allegedly got into an argument with an adult female inside a Buffalo Street residence, police said. During this argument, Simons allegedly loaded a .45 caliber handgun and pointed it at the victim.

Spaulding said it is alleged that Simons continually pointed the gun at the female victim and repeatedly pulled the trigger.

“While she was attacking the victim, pointing the gun at the victim (Simons) was yelling and screaming that she was going to kill (the victim) and then put the gun on herself,” Spaulding said. “She was pointing the gun at the victim, she tried to pull the trigger, but the gun didn’t go off. She then pointed the gun at herself and pulled the trigger and the gun didn’t go off and luckily the victim was able to escape.”

The investigation revealed that while Simons was manipulating the weapon and trying to get it to fire, the female victim was able to escape and run from the house to a nearby home where she was able to call 911.

Patrolmen believe that they have recovered the weapon used along with a quantity of ammunition, Spaulding said. No injuries were sustained by any of the participants.

Simons was taken to the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of Hornell City Judge Jennifer Donlon. Simon was released on her own recognizance without bail. She will appear in Corning City Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Spaulding said. (The Corning Police Department) will put the case file together and present it to the Steuben County District Attorney Office for review. The District Attorney’s Office will decide what charges will stay, if there will be any increase in the charges or any additional charges filed.”