Jefferson County Woman Shoots Ex-Husband in Self-Defense of Sexual Assault


A 31-year-old man was arrested on Thursday following Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies’ response to a domestic violence call at a Center Point area home.

According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, deputies were dispatched about 10 a.m. to a home in the 2800 block of Seventh Street N.E. A woman told lawmen her ex-husband had broken into the house and attempted to sexually assault her.

The woman was armed with a handgun and shot him in the leg in self-defense, Christian said. The suspect fled in a vehicle but was halted by deputies in the 1900 block of Old Springville Road. He was taken to the hospital with injuries that aren’t life-threatening.

The suspect was questioned by detectives who they identified as Eric Austin. After questioning, Austin was arrested and charged with attempted rape and second-degree domestic violence.

Austin remains hospitalized under guard and will be booked into the Jefferson County Jail immediately his medical care is complete.

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