Police: Woman, 80, tried to shoot husband, gun jammed

Nov. 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Texas said a 73-year-old man's life was likely saved when the revolver his 80-year-old wife allegedly pressed against his chest jammed.

Fort Worth police spokeswoman Officer Sharron Neal said Tempie Strickland and her husband, Sterling Strickland, argued Sunday afternoon about Sterling staying out late and the way he talks to her, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.

Tempie Strickland told police she did not want to get into a physical fight with her husband due to his superior size, so she retrieved a revolver from the bedroom, pressed it against his chest and pulled the trigger.

However, the gun jammed and Sterling Strickland was not injured, the report said.

Police said Sterling Strickland asked police not to arrest his wife, but department policy requires officers to make arrests in domestic violence situations if an officer has probably cause to believe an offense took place.

Tempie Strickland was arrested on an attempted murder charge and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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