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Bayonet Point Middle School teaching assistant faces gun charge

NEW PORT RICHEY — An instructional assistant at Bayonet Point Middle School was arrested Monday morning and charged with using a gun during an argument over a car.

Pasco sheriff's deputies said Kris Virga, 31, brandished a pistol as he jumped onto a 1995 Mazda Protege as its driver tried to leave his home on Seward Drive in Port Richey on the evening of Aug. 24.

The vehicle's occupants had reportedly quarreled with a 20-year-old woman living in Virga's home, deputies said.

The Mazda's passengers told deputies Virga jumped on the hood as the car sped away and pointed a gun at them through the sunroof.

Virga fell off when the car hit a speed bump. He was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with injuries to his head and face.

In August, he told deputies he had approached the car to get its license plate number. The driver, Sophia Hill, 18, grabbed his arm and held on as she drove away, he said. He was unable to break free. He told deputies he never pointed his gun at anyone, according to the report.

Two months later, Virga was hired as an instructional assistant at Bayonet Point Middle School. He helped an exceptional education teacher in the classroom.

The school was not aware of the August incident until Friday.

"It came to our attention that there was a warrant and an investigation pending," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said on Monday.

Virga was placed on paid leave until the matter goes before the School Board.

Virga faces a charge of armed burglary and on Monday was at the Land O'Lakes jail with bail set at $75,000.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (813) 435-7312.

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