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Shooting injures man in east Springfield

shooter's attorney says it was self-defense

Police arrested a woman early Friday but then released her.

September 13, 2013|by Gene Hartley, web editor | ghartley@schurz.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police arrested a 22-year-old woman who is accused of shooting a man in the leg early Thursday morning during a domestic assault.  She was later released from custody and her attorneys say she was defending herself.

Police say the shooting was around 5 a.m. at an apartment in the 800 block of South Eastgate Avenue.  The victim is 25 years old.  Police say he went to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman's attorneys, Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise, issued this statement:

"(She) was clearly acting in self-defense.  She was in fear for her life, and had been assaulted at 5:00 a.m. in her home while asleep.

"This is a classic case of the Castle Doctrine self-defense law.  We are hopeful the Prosecuting Attorney will use good judgement and not waste taxpayer dollars on a needless prosecution."

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