Mount Carmel argument over cell phone ends in gunfire

Jeff Bobo • Feb 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Greene County man who allegedly fired a gunshot into the air during an altercation at a Mount Carmel residence Tuesday morning was charged with aggravated burglary and felony reckless endangerment.

Andy Scott Bowser, 30, of Limestone, had reportedly gone to a residence on Birch Street to demand the return of a cell phone he had given his ex-girlfriend before they broke up.

Shortly after Bowser was arrested, his vehicle — a 2018 Chevy Infiniti — was reported stolen from that Birch Street home.

The severely vandalized Infiniti was later recovered in a different section of Mount Carmel.

Mount Carmel Police Department Chief Ken Lunsford Jr. said two victims from the shooting incident, the ex-girlfriend and her male companion, are now being sought for questioning in relation to the theft and vandalism of Bowser’s vehicle.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, MCPD Officer Hunter Jones was dispatched to a complaint of shots fired on Birch Street.

Jones reportedly made contact with Bowser, who had a black handgun visible in his pocket.

Bowser complied with Jones’ orders to get on the ground and reportedly admitted that he fired the weapon and that it was “a stupid decision.”

Three people were inside the residence at the time of the altercation, including Bowser’s ex-girlfriend, her male companion, and her mother.

Lunsford said Bowser had apparently given the ex a cell phone while they were going together, and because they had broken up, he wanted the phone returned.

The ex reportedly insisted that the phone is hers.

The woman stated that Bowser attempted to force entry into the residence, and a struggle ensued between her and Bowser. She was able to fight back Bowser and secure the door.

The male companion inside the residence then reportedly confronted Bowser and told him to leave, at which time Bowser allegedly brandished the black handgun, pointed it at the male, and stated, “I am not afraid to pop a cap in your a --.”

The male then retreated inside the home, and Bowser fired a gunshot into the air.

When confronted by Jones with those allegations, Bowser allegedly stated, “I did it. There’s no denying it.”

The ex reportedly stated she wanted Bowser’s vehicle towed. When the tow truck arrived about 30 minutes after the arrest, however, the Infiniti was gone, as were the ex and her male companion.

Both door mirrors were broken off and hanging by their cables, and an unknown liquid had been poured throughout the vehicle’s interior.

Bowser was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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