Suspect recorded husband after he’d been shot to exonerate self Police: Domestic dispute led to man’s shooting.
A woman has been arrested after a domestic dispute led to a shooting Monday night.
Jessica Hipps, 35, was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, for allegedly shooting her husband of one year, according to court documents.
Police responded to the shooting at 10:35 p.m. Monday in the 9600 block of St. Joe Center Road and found a man had been shot in his side. The man was transported to the hospital in serious condition and then downgraded to critical condition before he was later upgraded to stable condition.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, Hipps told police she was in the living room watching TV while her husband was watching TV in the bedroom. She wanted him to watch TV with her in the living room and texted him. When he didn’t answer her text, she said she shut off power to the bedroom at the electrical panel.
He then went outside to smoke, and when he returned, he sat on the living room love seat. He removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on the center armrest of the love seat.
It was at this point both sides differ in their statements.
He told police she allegedly picked up the gun and chambered a round, ejecting a live round onto the floor before pointing the gun at him. He attempted to get up and heard a gunshot, realizing he had been shot in the side. He said she then began recording on her cellphone, allegedly telling him to say it was not her fault. He also said she did not call 911, but gave him his cellphone so he could call 911, the affidavit said.
Hipps told police she shot her husband in self-defense. She said they began to argue about cellphones because she had taken his when he took hers after she had found out a few days earlier he allegedly had been communicating to other women. She said he then reached for the gun and she reached for it at the same time because she told police she didn’t know what he was going to do and grabbed for the gun.
She told police they did not struggle over the gun but the gun discharged. She said she began recording him after he was shot because she wanted him to say it wasn’t her fault, the affidavit said.
She denied to police she chambered a round, although crime scene techs found a live round on the floor, according to the affidavit.
Hipps is due back in court on Friday, where the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office may dismiss, amend or add charges.