GOOD: Woman Defends Herself With A Gun - Westland, MI

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    GOOD: Woman Defends Herself With A Gun - Westland, MI

    http://www.hometownlife.com/article/...410/1041/rss22

    No charges will be filed against a Westland woman over the fatal shooting of her husband Monday evening, authorities said.

    Jared Callender, 23, was shot three times in the bedroom of the home he shared with his 47-year-old wife, Westland police Sgt. Michael Harhold said.

    “They had a rocky relationship. There had been prior domestic problems and calls to the police department,” Harhold said.

    The couple married in February 2008. Callender relocated to Michigan from Florida in December 2007, Harhold said.

    The couple was arguing and Callender had threatened his wife during the previous two days, Harhold said, but police weren't called.

    The wife operates a hair salon and tattoo parlor from a building she owns in Detroit. The man, who was unemployed, reportedly again threatened his wife with violence when they returned to the Westland residence from the business.

    “She was in the living room when he came in and began removing clothing to take off his belt. He put the belt around her neck and was choking her,” Harhold said.

    This kind of assault had happened before, the woman told police, and at some point she was able to call her ex-husband, who had lived at the home until she had remarried. The woman and her former husband have adult children but also two adopted developmentally disabled teenagers who reside at the home.

    “He (Callender) was then pushing her up the stairs and into the bedroom. She said he got a gun which was stored in the bedroom and pointed it at her saying he was going to kill her,” Harhold said. “She was in fear for her life.”

    The woman was wearing a fanny pack around her waist in which she had a .38-caliber revolver — something she carried for protection at her business, Harhold said.

    “She fired once striking him in the chest. When he raised his gun again, she fired twice more hitting him in the head,” Harhold said. “She had some injuries — supportive (of her account) injuries.”

    Officers were able to get a statement from one of the children who witnessed the struggle on the stairs, he said. The former husband had arrived and was ringing the door bell when the shots were fired, Harhold said.

    “We wrote it up and presented it to the prosecutor's domestic violence unit and they declined to prosecute,” he said.

    After an investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office the warrant in the Callender case was denied because it was determined that she acted in self-defense, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said.
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    I am very happy for her, and she must be a pretty good shooter. Now, for the happy ending...she should go back to her ex and live happily ever after.
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    You can't beat a woman who shoots.

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    This woman acted in self defense and it was seen that way and she SURVIVED. God bless her and her kids and Im glad they are all ok.
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    Sounds like she almost waited too long. The belt around my neck would have been enough. Failure of the victim selection process. Good for her and good riddence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    You can't beat a woman who shoots.

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    Quite a pun...

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    She's old enough to be his mother. 24 years older.

    Good thing she was armed.
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    Nice to read since I live in Wayne County.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    She's old enough to be his mother. 24 years older.

    Good thing she was armed.
    It's obviously not as common for the wife to be older. My mom and dad were 27-1/2 years apart, my father the senior.

    I agree 100%, 'twas a good thing she was able to defend herself via a firearm.
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    We'll see if Nancy Pelosi can complain about this one. Anyway, good for her and hat's off to Prosecutor Maria Miller.
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    Yeah it will never go farther than that local paper you picked the story up. It is not in line with the mainstream and guns are to remain evil in the media as long as they are clearly biased for political gain.
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    Yeah it will never go farther than that local paper you picked the story up.
    Sadly, it will go further than that. It will end up in the aggregate statistics that say a woman who owns a firearm is "more likely to kill a member of her own family or someone she knows" than she is to use it to defend herself against an attack by a stranger.

    Here's how it works:

    If he'd killed her, she'd be just another statistic, a victim of domestic violence, a reason to take guns away from men.

    Since she killed him rather than letting him kill her, she becomes just another statistic, proof that women are more likely to shoot someone they know than a stranger, and thus a reason to take guns away from women.

    Was her life in any less danger simply because she knew the man attempting to kill her?

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