Henderson County Sheriff: Woman sicced dogs on workers, fired shots over their heads

Incident occurred south of Brownsboro

Henderson County Sheriff: Woman sicced dogs on workers, fired shots over their heads
Henderson County Sheriff's Office responds to a shots fired incident in Brownsboro. (Source: Arthur Clayborn)

Editor’s note: Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reported on Oct. 10, 2019, that initially, the woman who was arrested gave deputies the name Catherine Miller. During the investigation, she later revealed her real name to be Catherine Viola Fanciullo. The story below has been changed to reflect that new information. Hillhouse also said Fanciullo was charged with deadly conduct but could eventually be charged and indicted for aggravated assault.

HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 60-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon in connection with allegations that she turned her dogs loose on some people that had been working for her and then fired gunshots over their heads.

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said that several HCSO patrol units responded to the 911 call. The incident occurred on FM 314 south of Brownsboro.

Initially, the woman who was arrested gave deputies the name Catherine Miller. During the investigation, she later revealed her real name to be Catherine Viola Fanciullo.

Catherine Fanciullo (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Catherine Fanciullo (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

Fanciullo, and the people that had been working for her got into some type of falling out, Hillhouse said. Then, when they went to her property to get their things, an altercation took place, he said.

At that point, Fanciullo allegedly sicced her dogs on her former employees and fired gunshots over their heads. One of the workers was bitten and suffered minor injuries, Hillhouse said.

Fanciullo is still in custody at the scene, Hillhouse said. He added that she will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct.

The sheriff said his deputies are in the process of getting a search warrant for Fanciullo’s home, so they can look for the gun she used in the incident.

Child Protective Services officials are also at the scene, Hillhouse said. He said the CPS officials and his deputies are trying to sort out whether the children found at the scene are related to Fanciullo.

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