Man shoots wife after she hits mother-in-law with car during custody dispute

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According to a news release, McMinn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute call in Athens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and discovered two women in the driveway of the home, the newspaper reported.

Authorities said the incident began when the mother of the children arrived at their paternal grandparents’ home to pick them up, the Times Free Press reported. The father of the children was present and told his wife she would not be permitted to take the children.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the wife rammed the gate of the home with her vehicle, injuring her mother-in-law, and began to walk toward her husband. The man then shot his wife in the leg, the Times Free Press reported.

Both women were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the news release said.

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