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Female Claims Self-Defense in Shooting of Male Acquaintance

SOMERSET, KENTUCKY – A shooting that occurred during a domestic violence incident just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday is currently under investigation by the Somerset Police Department. Pulaski County 911 dispatch received a call around 5:57 p.m. from a female who reported that an argument between her and a male had turned physical.

When responding officers arrived on the scene of the residence on East Somerset Church Road, they found a 23-year-old male suffering a gunshot wound in the leg.  The 22-year-old woman stated that at some point in the verbal confrontation between her and the man, he pushed her down a set of stairs. She also stated that following the physically violent act, that she grabbed a firearm and shot the man to prevent suffering any further injury at his hand.

He was transported by Somerset-Pulaski EMS to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he was treated for a minor wound to his right thigh and released.

SPD Captain Mike Correll stated that the investigation has been turned over to their Criminal Investigation Division, adding, “Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, no further details are available at this time.”

Although there was no indication that the male had a weapon of any kind or would have continued a physical attack after the pushing incident, if authorities believe that she was in fear for her life after gathering evidence and statements, the defensive actions will likely be deemed justifiable. These can be tricky situations, and we hope for a positive outcome.

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