Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Public safety

Tampa charter school teacher charged with firing handgun at ground

TAMPA — A charter school teacher was arrested Sunday after, police say, she fired a gun into the ground during a dispute with her boyfriend.

Melody Patrice Bing, a teacher at Vision of Excellence Academy, fired at least two rounds from a silver handgun during an argument with her boyfriend about 1 p.m. in a vacant lot behind 402 W Columbus Drive, according to a Tampa police arrest report.

Bing, 51, was seated in her car at the time, the report stated. Her boyfriend, who was not identified in the report, was about 40 feet away from Bing at the time.

The report said Bing fled to her home on the 300 block of W Amelia Avenue after firing the gun and, when a police officer arrived at her house minutes later, she emerged from the home holding a silver firearm. Bing dropped the gun when confronted by the officer at gunpoint, the report said.

Bing was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County jail on a charge of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, a second-degree felony. She was released Sunday night after posting $7,500 bail.

She was terminated Monday from her job as a fifth-grade teacher at the academy's elementary school campus in Tampa after she notified school officials of her arrest, said Cametra Edwards, the academy's executive director. Bing had worked at the school for one year and did not have prior disciplinary issues, Edwards said.

Bing could not be reached for comment Monday.

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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