CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – A Corning woman was arrested after allegedly threatening another woman with a loaded handgun.

On Monday at about 10:40 p.m., Corning Police were dispatched to a home on Buffalo Street for reports of a woman threatening another woman with a gun.

While responding to the call, city police requested assistance from New York State Police based in Painted Post and the Steuben County Sheriff's Office. All three agencies responded to the home.

Upon arrival, police say they were confronted outside by a female suspect that reportedly initially ran back into the house. A short time later, the suspect exited the home again and was taken into custody by police.

Police say the investigation revealed that 51-year-old Laura Simons allegedly got into an argument with another woman inside the home. During the argument, Simons allegedly loaded a .45 caliber handgun and pointed it at the victim. Simons allegedly threatened to kill the victim and herself and repeatedly pulled the trigger, but couldn't get the gun to fire.

The victim was then reportedly able to escape from the home and call 911.

As a result, Simons has been charged with the following:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a felony
  • Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a felony
  • Menacing in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor

Police say they believe they have recovered the weapon used along with a quantity of ammunition.

Simons was taken to the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and was arraigned by a Hornell City Judge. She was then released from custody on her own recognizance. No bail was set and she is set to appear in Corning City Court at a later date.

Police say the investigation into the matter is continuing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office for review. The DA's Office will decide on any increase in charges or additional charges.