GARFIELD (KDKA) — Police say a Garfield man has been arrested for firing shots at his ex-girlfriend while she was driving with children in the car Friday.

A 27-year-old woman told police she had been arguing on the phone with her 34-year-old ex-boyfriend — Lavilis Whitner, of Garfield — early in the day. They later got into a verbal confrontation.

lavilis whitner Police: Man Fired Shots At Woman With Children In Car

(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 5)

Police were called to the intersection of North Millvale Avenue and Broad Street around 9:45 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

According to the criminal complaint, Whitner began firing at his ex-girlfriend while she was in her car with her three children — ages 3 months, 7 years and 8 years.

The woman told police Whitner had threatened to kill her before firing two shots from a handgun. She then fled the scene, dropped off her two oldest kids nearby, then called 911. She told police that while she was on the phone, Whitner returned.

Whitner was spotted a short time later while he was walking along S. Evailine Street, and he was then taken into custody.

He’s facing a number of charges, including endangering the welfare of children, felony gun offenses and aggravated assault.

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