BELMAR, NJ — A Seaside Heights woman who attempted to flee from Belmar police after allegedly firing a handgun near the Windmill restaurant on Route 35 early Saturday evening faces numerous charges, according to police.

Tekeema Martin, 37, has been charged with possession of weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of hollow-point ammunition, obstruction, resisting arrest and simple assault. She also was charged with being a fugitive from another state, with no other details provided. Martin is being held in lieu of bail at Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.

At 5:20 p.m. on April 27, Belmar police responded to a report of possible gunshots fired in the area of the restaurant, where witnesses identified Martin as being the person who fired off the gun.

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As officers approached her, a foot chase ensued and she was apprehended a short distance down the road after she physically resisted and struck the officers making the arrest, according to a release by the department. She was found in possession of a Taurus .38 Special revolver, two hollow-point .38 rounds and three empty shell casings, police said.

After her arrest, witnesses stated that they observed Martin firing her weapon near the corner of 13th Avenue and Highway 71, but did not see at whom or what she was firing the handgun.

Any additional witnesses to the incident who may have information on why the weapon was discharged are asked to call the Belmar Police Detective Bureau at 732-681-3715.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.

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