Husband Shoots 61-Year-Old Wife

A 61-year-old Fayette County woman was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus Thursday night after being shot by her husband.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon P. Stanforth, a 9-1-1 call was received from 2269 Greenfield Sabina Road shortly before 11 p.m. reporting that a man was cleaning a small caliber handgun when it discharged a bullet, striking his wife in the leg.

Emergency personnel responded to the couple’s home where they found the female in the living room, bleeding profusely from her leg. She was flown from the scene by medical helicopter.

Sheriff Stanforth said that the husband reported to law enforcement that he was cleaning his handgun when it fired a bullet. The incident is believed to be accidental, however, the Sheriff will still conduct an investigation.

“We will do an investigation and sort out the details,” said Stanforth., “It was reported as an accidental shooting but we will still investigate it to make a final determination.”

According to the couple’s granddaughter, they have been happily married for 43 years and the husband feels horrible for what happened. She said that her grandfather had just bought the gun on Thursday and it wasn’t until it was too late that he learned a bullet was jammed inside the chamber.

The woman who was shot was in stable condition Friday morning, despite losing a large amount of blood.

Their names were not released by authorities.

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