Husband shoots wife after she strikes grandmother with car in McMinn County custody dispute

Husband shoots wife after she strikes grandmother with car in McMinn County custody dispute

October 8th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Athens, Tennessee, police are investigating after two people were injured Saturday during a custody dispute in which one woman was shot and a second one hit with a car.

Responding to a call at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Athens Police Department was dispatched to Brewer Street. Athens officers and the McMinn County Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and located two victims in the driveway of the home, according to a news release.

Police said the incident began when the mother of the children arrived at the grandparents' home, where her husband and children were, to pick them up. Prior to arrival and once again at the home, she was informed that she was not going to be allowed to take the children with her, the release states. Due to the couple still being married and no other custody agreement in place, her husband still has equal custody and did not wish for them to go with her. 

Police say she then rammed the gate of the home with her car, striking the grandmother. She then exited her vehicle and began to walk toward her husband and his family. The husband then fired one round from a handgun, striking her in the leg, the release states.

Both women were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Athens Police Department Detective Blake Witt at 423-744-2739.


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