Sheriff: Woman shot estranged spouse to avoid sexual assault
CENTER POINT, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say a man broke into his estranged wife’s home and tried to sexually assault her before she shot him.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that 31-year-old Eric Austin was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted rape and second-degree domestic violence. Christian says the woman told responding deputies she shot Austin in the leg to fend him off.
Austin fled in a vehicle but was stopped by deputies and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. He remains hospitalized under guard and will be booked into jail once medical care is complete. He was charged after being questioned.
It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews