Family Law

Woman shoots husband who entered home in violation of protective order and is herself shot by police

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An Alabama woman got a protective order and tried repeatedly to have her estranged husband arrested after he allegedly continued to threaten her. At one point, he texted her a cryptic message: “U thank UR safe UR not.”

On Sunday, Bradley Skinner broke into the home his wife shares with her mother and shot at her, Huntsville police said. She told her mother to run, armed herself with a shotgun and fired back, hitting Skinner in the chest, reports WAFF. The Daily Mail and an earlier WAFF story provide more details.

The incident left Skinner, 59, with life-threatening injuries. The 52-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, was also injured, but not as seriously, after being shot in the hip by a responding officer, police said.

She allegedly turned around and pointed the shotgun at police after being told to drop it, but has not been charged. The Daily Mail says she works as a high school teacher.

Skinner came to the home, which in and of itself was a violation of the protective order, armed with a gun and a knife, according to police. It is not clear from news reports whether he faces any charges in the incident.

Lieutenant Darryl Lawson said the Sunday incident was the fourth time Skinner has violated the protective order, the station reports. A court filing said the woman reported all the incidents to authorities, but Skinner was never arrested.

A hearing was held April 15 in response to an emergency motion by a lawyer for the woman, WAFF reports. It was followed by a Thursday telephone conference between the court and divorce attorneys and a no-contact order that also required Skinner to have a mental health evaluation before a scheduled May 8 hearing.

Because the couple is from nearby Morgan County, local authorities in Huntsville were not initially familiar with the background of the case, according to the station.

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