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Woman Tries to Shoot Man in Courtroom

October 30, 1991

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) _ A woman walked into a courtroom, aimed a loaded gun at a man she had accused of harassment and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t fire and the man’s lawyer disarmed her as panicked onlookers fled.

″She was two feet from us when it clicked,″ said the lawyer, John Robinson, after Tuesday’s incident in regional court. ″I jumped up and grabbed her and we tussled and I knocked the gun out of her hand. Then we ran.″

Miriam Joyce Springer, 48, of Woodlyn, was arrested a short time later by police who entered the courtroom with guns drawn and found Springer unarmed, in a chair, mumbling.

Police said there were six rounds in the magazine of the .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol she aimed at Dikran Sagiryan, but none was in the chamber. A slide on top of the gun must be released to load the chamber, police said.

Lawyer John Robinson, 64, of Upper Darby, was sitting in the rear of the courtroom next to his client, waiting for proceedings to start, when Springer left the courtroom and returned.

″She must have had the gun concealed behind a folder because all of a sudden I saw the gun,″ he said. ″She aimed and pulled the trigger.″

″The gun was pointed right at me,″ Sagiryan said.

Springer had accused Sagiryan, who lives in the same building, of threatening her life, stealing from her and putting something in her diet supplement drink. Robinson said the charges were baseless.

Springer was taken to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 bail after arraignment on charges of attempted homicide, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses.

There were about 30 people in the room. Andra Vito, 32, who was in court on another matter, said, ″I turned around and saw the gun in her hand. I got up and ran. It was a mad dash for the door.″

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