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Wife Shot When Husband Mistakes Her for Intruder and Doesn’t Check His Target

CASTLE ROCK, CO — A Colorado man very nearly killed his own wife last week when he mistook her for an intruder and opened fire with his home defense firearm, Denver7 reports.

She survived the shooting, and thus far no one has been charged, but this all could have been much worse.

As Dever7 reports:

A husband in Castle Rock mistakenly shot his wife at their home late Friday night because he thought she was an intruder, police said Saturday.

Joe Cybert, a spokesperson for the Castle Rock Police Department, told Denver7 it happened at around 10 p.m. in the area of Howe Street and Enderud Blvd. The woman, who was only identified as being 33-years-old, was shot in the abdomen, according to police. She is expected to survive.

Cybert said the 31-year-old man is not under arrest for the shooting because there is no indication of foul play at this time. He told our partners at the Denver Post he doesn’t know what led the man to believe his wife was a home intruder, other than hearing a noise and thinking someone was breaking in.

Well, that’s all you really need to believe that your wife is in fact a home intruder if you ignore all rules of safe firearm handling.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a man or woman mistakenly shoot their significant other — it’s not even the tenth time we’ve seen it. Failure to identify a target and what’s behind it leads to multiple injuries each year.

Plus, it makes us all look bad.

Folks are often tempted to act faster they can think clearly in what may be dangerous situations so that the perceived threat is immediately knocked out of play. Neutralizing a threat is good, as long as it’s actually a threat.

You can’t let either fear or adrenaline be in the driver’s seat of your mind. That’s not just for your sake — that’s for your friends, neighbors, and family, too.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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