Woman faces drug, gun charges after flagging down police

YOUNGSTOWN — Reports said an East Ravenwood Avenue woman Saturday was arrested on drug and gun charges after she flagged down a police officer to tell him she and her son had just been shot at.

Reports said an officer was on South Avenue about 5:25 p.m. when he was flagged down by a woman in a van later identified as Sharon Winphrie, 35, who told the officer she and her son were at a home on Franklin Avenue when someone fired a shot at them.

Her son was with her but was uninjured.

Officers were also called to Franklin Avenue and found a shell casing there but because of conflicting stories they asked Winphrie to get out of her van.

Reports said Winphrie agreed but she appeared nervous and reached back inside the van several times, reports said.

In a backpack in the van police found a loaded .45-caliber handgun and in Winphrie's purse they found marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine and $998 cash.

Winphrie was arrested for the drugs and the gun after she told police the gun was hers and she was able to describe it.

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