Police Shot Woman Who Refused To Drop Her Weapon After She Shot Home Intruder With A Shotgun

Police Shot Woman Who Refused To Drop Her Weapon

An Alabama woman was shot and wounded by police after she opened fire on a potentially deadly home invader and refused to drop her weapon afterwards. 

Lisa Skinner shot the male home invader, who has now been identified as her estranged husband Bradley Skinner, after he broke into the house she shared with her mother around 6 p.m. 

Police said Mr Skinner was armed with both a pistol and a large knife. 

According to AL.com, his injuries are life threatening but she is expected to survive.

Shootings: Paramedics tend to a man, thought to be Bradley Skinner after he was shot by his estranged wife. Meanwhile, a woman is handcuffed on the ground

Ambulance: A woman is taken away by strectcher to an ambulance after a deadly double shooting at a house in a south Huntsville, Alabama, neighborhood

        

Response: Paramedics tend to Mr Skinner after he was shot and take him to a waiting ambulance

Police said the incident unfolded when her husband broke the glass out of a back door of the home to get inside. 

He then opened fire and she returned fire with a shotgun, wounding him at the house in the 2500 block of Bonnie Oaks Drive. Her mother ran to a neighbor's house and called 911.  

Officers from Huntsville police arrived on scene and heard gunshots ring out and saw Mrs Skinner in the garage holding the shotgun.

They demanded that she drop her weapon but when she turned toward them with the gun in her hand, at least one officer fired at her, wounding, but not killing her.

Mrs Skinner was struck by the police gunfire and both she and her husband were taken to Huntsville Hospital.

Lieutenant Darryl Lawson said the shootings took place after the man broke into the rear of the house armed with a gun and a knife.

At that time, Mrs Skinner told her mother to run away and call police - so she ran over to a neighbor's house.

Hospital: Paramedics tend to Mr Skinner and take him to Huntsville Hospital - where he is reported to have life threatening injuries

Home invasion: Police said Lisa Skinner shot a male home invader, thought to be her estranged husband, after he broke into the house armed with a gun

Double shooting: Officers put up police tape around the house where the two shootings took place

Shooting: Lieutenant Darryl Lawson, said police officers demanded that Lisa Skinner drop her weapon but when she turned toward them with the gun in her hand, at least one officer fired at her, wounding, but not killing her

Several neighbors reportedly heard the gunfire on the normally quiet street, according to AL.com

Neighbor Angela Humlicek, who lives across the street said she heard a single shot and, when she went to see what the noise was, she helped the woman's mother to safety. 

A spokesman for the Huntsville Police Department, said that the couple was estranged and the woman had been living at the home with her mother. 

Mrs Skinner also had a protective order against her estranged husband, according to WHNT 19 News.

Meanwhile, the officer who shot the woman has been placed on administrative leave.

Eyewitnesses: Police interview witnesses after neighbors reportedly heard the gunfire on the normally quiet street 

Shock: Local residents crowd around after the deadly shootings which left two people injured

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