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Nov 5, 2019 3:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Riverhead Woman Faces Attempted Murder Charge After September Shooting in Flanders

Nov 5, 2019 4:02 PM


A Riverhead woman accused of shooting her estranged boyfriend in September is now facing an upgraded charge of attempted murder and a new assault charge, after a Suffolk County grand jury handed up an indictment on October 31.

Patchita Tennant, 42, had been arrested by Southampton Town Police on September 5 after police said she shot her boyfriend, Andrew Mitchell, 46, three times during a domestic dispute at the Flanders home they both owned.

Ms. Tennant, who worked at the CVS Pharmacy on Pantigo Road in East Hampton, originally faced two felony charges, first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm, but court records show she was indicted by a grand jury and is now facing the attempted murder and assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, both felonies, in addition to her previous charges.

Ms. Tennant is scheduled to appear at State Supreme Court in Riverhead before Justice John Collins to address the upgraded charges on Thursday, November 14. Court records also show that she has been free after posting a $500,000 bond after her arrest in September.

On September 5, police said Ms. Tennant fled the scene with her 3-year-old child after shooting Mr. Mitchell three times at the Flanders home.

Her attorney, Austin Manghan of Riverhead, had said that Ms. Tennant had been in an abusive relationship with Mr. Mitchell and acted in self-defense the night of the incident after being threatened by Mr. Mitchell with the gun, which Mr. Manghan said had belonged to Mr. Mitchell.

Mr. Manghan could not be reached for comment this week.

Police said they became aware of the incident at approximately 8:22 p.m. that night. Emergency responders found Mr. Mitchell conscious and alert at his home and transported him to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, Mr. Mitchell had told them that Ms. Tennant, the mother of a 3-year-old child had shot him.

Authorities then issued an Amber Alert for the child the next day. Police said two and a half hours after the alert was issued, it was cancelled when the young girl was discovered to be dropped off at a relative’s house overnight.

Before 1 p.m. on September 6, Ms. Tennant turned herself in to police. Her attorney said that he spoke with Ms. Tennant four hours before she did so.

According to Mr. Manghan, Ms. Tennant went to a house owned by her and Mr. Mitchell to get clothes for her daughter, who was staying at a relative’s house. At the time, Mr. Mitchell was shaving as the two were arguing, when Mr. Mitchell walked over to a walk-in closet and grabbed a .38-caliber handgun and threatened her with it. Ms. Tennant wrestled with Mr. Mitchell over the gun, and when she got control of it, she shot Mr. Mitchell, according to Mr. Manghan.

Mr. Manghan added that his understanding is that Ms. Tennant dropped the gun and tried to get away as quickly as possible when Mr. Mitchell got hold of the gun and tried to shoot at her — but the chamber was empty.

Ms. Tennant was arraigned on September 7, at the Southampton Town Justice Court in front of Justice Barbara Wilson and pleaded not guilty. During the arraignment, two orders of protection were issued to Ms. Tennant: one to stay away from Mr. Mitchell, and the other to stay away from their daughter, according to Mr. Maghan.

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