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Visitation Dispute Between Grandmas Ends in Gunfire In Indiana Park, Cops Say

Police say the child was present but in a car at the time of the violent altercation.

By Jill Sederstrom

A heated disagreement about child visitation between two Indiana grandmothers ended in gunfire Monday night.

Cristy D. Horton, 45, and Tammy Brickles, 47, were arrested after a fight between the two women quickly escalated to battery and a gun was fired, according to police.

"It went off during the struggle," Randy Ratliff, Detective Lieutenant of the Greenfield Police Department told Oxygen.com. "We don't know whether it was intentional or accidental."

No one was hurt in the shooting.

According to Ratliff, the incident occurred during a child custody exchange at a Greenfield, Indiana city park. Both women had accompanied their adult children for the exchange of a grandchild, but an argument quickly broke out. Police say Horton then allegedly pulled out a gun.

The child's father, Jonathan Brickles, 26, attempted to intervene and "wrestled the gun away" from Horton, suffering a minor cut to his hand during the struggle.

No other injuries were reported.

During the violent altercation between the grandmothers, Ratliff said the child "was present but in a car."

Both women were arrested and charged with battery. Horton has also been charged with felony counts of intimidation, criminal recklessness and two counts of pointing a firearm, according 13 WTHR.

Police say both women remain in custody Tuesday at the Hancock County Jail. 

[Photos: Hancock County Jail]

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