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'A Tragic, Tragic Situation': Man Says He Mistook His Wife For An Intruder, Shot And Killed Her

| by Reve Fisher

A man allegedly told San Antonio Police that he shot his wife because he thought she was an intruder. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police responded to reports of a shooting around 4:15 a.m. on Oct. 10, My San Antonio reports. Debora Kelly, the 48-year-old victim in question, was found with a gunshot wound to her upper body. Officers and emergency medical technicians tried to resuscitate her, but she was ultimately reported dead at the scene.

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The husband, whose name has not yet been released to the public, told police that he heard noises coming from the front of the house and saw a flash of light, according to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). He allegedly thought an intruder was inside the house, so he grabbed his shotgun and fired one round. It wasn't until it was too late that he realized this person was his wife, the man reportedly told police.

As of the afternoon on Oct. 10, no charges have been filed against the husband. According to police officials, charges may be filed pending further investigation.

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According to Officer Douglas Greene, spokesman for the SAPD, detectives have interviewed the man and are still analyzing the scene.

"Our investigators are very particular on preserving the scene to bring together pieces of the puzzle and see if it lines up with the statements of shooter," Greene said, according to My San Antonio. "At this point, there's nothing indicating foul play but that could change if other evidence is developed and proves otherwise."

“I was stunned," Dale Hollrah, a neighbor who has lived in the area for several years, told News 4 San Antonio.

Neighbors describe the couple as being friendly. The wife was described as a hard-worker who recently needed to travel frequently for business. They had been married for about two years.

"Hard to believe,” Hollrah added. “Just a tragic, tragic situation."

Sources: My San Antonio, News 4 San Antonio, Kens 5 News, Fox 29 News / Photo credit: Kens 5 News, News 4 San Antonio