Michigan man accidentally shoots, kills wife thinking she was an intruder

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jul 12, 2019

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says a husband shot and killed his wife, a mother of two, after mistaking her for an intruder early Thursday morning.

According to a spokesperson, deputies were called to the home around 2 a.m. Thursday after a report of a woman shot and not breathing.

The sheriff's office said the family was sleeping and the 30-year-old husband woke up to what he thought was someone breaking into his home. He reports that he grabbed his gun, saw what he believed to be an intruder and pulled the trigger.

The person he thought was the intruder was actually his 31-year-old wife.

Two children, ages 2 and 4, were inside the home at the time and neither were injured.

Deputies say the husband was taken into custody and is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail as the investigation continues. As of this publishing, no charges had been filed.

This story was originally published by WXYZ in Detroit.