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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen police arrested a man they say fired a gunshot into the air during a domestic disturbance.

Police charged Robert Charles Hawthorne Jr., 33, with possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram, and discharge of a firearm.

Police arrested Hawthorne on Sunday after a woman called 911 from a house in the 2500 block of Lain Drive in Killeen. The 911 operator heard a gunshot while talking with the woman.

An officer about three blocks from the home also heard a shot, according to arrest affidavits.

When police arrived, three witnesses told police Hawthorne had fired a single shot into the air. Hawthorne admitted firing the gun.

Police also recovered a .40-caliber shell casing that likely came from his .40-caliber Ruger.

While at the scene, officers spotted a Chevrolet Avalanche with what appeared to be a glass pipe and clear plastic bag containing suspected drugs in the car’s center console, an affidavit stated.

Hawthorne told officers the car was his and that he had been inside the vehicle before police arrived.

Police tested a white powdery substance in the plastic bag, which tested positive as methamphetamine.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Hawthorne on Tuesday, setting his bail at $25,000. Hawthorne remained in Bell County Jail on Tuesday night.

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