Decatur, Illinois – Law enforcement officials are holding a mother in jail for defending her life against the father of her child.
According to Sgt. Chris Copeland with the Decatur Police Department, officers were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim arriving at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital at around 6:50 p.m.
When police arrived, they were told by an unidentified 33-year-old man that he had been shot in the side by a 29-year-old woman outside his home in the 3800 block of East Grand Ave.
Investigators contacted the woman who the wounded man said shot him, and she came into a station for questioning voluntarily. During questioning, the woman told police she had been attacked by the man while in her car. She said he beat her, and officers noted several injuries on her face consistent with being beaten.
The mother had a medical shunt in her head from an injury which occurred previously, and the risk of death was higher for blows to the head. She told police she was afraid of being killed by the father of her child and fired the shot in self-defense.
Despite this, officials decided to charge her with aggravated, unlawful use of a firearm since she did not possess a concealed carry license for the weapon which she used to defend her life.
Her attacker was charged with vehicle invasion, and domestic battery and released after posting a $10,000 bond.
The mother, however, was arrested and is being held in jail since she couldn’t post the $75,000 Decatur court officials required her to pay for her freedom.
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