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Sheriff: Woman shot estranged spouse to avoid sexual assault

July 6, 2018

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

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