Police: Wife shot in DeForest, husband in custody Friday night

Both sustained non-life-threatening injuries

DEFOREST, Wis. - A husband is in custody after shooting his wife Friday evening in DeForest.

Officials responded to a shooting on the 700 block of Park Avenue around 8:45 p.m. Friday, according to the DeForest Police Department. 

According to a Facebook post from the police department, a male subject allegedly called 911 to report that he had just shot his wife around 8:45 p.m. Another call to 911 located the woman with a gunshot wound to the head in the parking lot of the DeForest Public Safety building.

Officials said a 911 operator convinced the husband to exit the residence, and he was then taken into custody. 

The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was contacted by officers at the DeForest Public Safety Building and transported to the UW Hospital, according to the release. 

Authorities said the gunshot wound did not appear life-threatening, and the victim was able to provide statements to police. 

In the post, officials reported that the victim said she was in bed when her husband shot her in the head with a .22 caliber handgun. 

The victim said she then fled the residence and was able to wave down a pickup. When she got in the cab, her husband, who had also left the residence, was still armed and attempted to fire at the truck. 

According to the post, the husband then tried to get in the bed of the truck, causing the driver to speed away and the suspect to be thrown from the vehicle. 

Officials later found a handgun in the bed of the truck where the suspect had attempted to get in.

The driver brought the woman to the DeForest Public Safety Building, where officials contacted her, according to the release. 

The suspect was brought to a local hospital to be assessed for injuries while guarded by officers, officials said. 

According to officials, the husband is being charged on a count of first-degree attempted homicide, pending being cleared by medical staff to be booked into the Dane County Jail.

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