ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County investigators said the man accused of shooting his pregnant wife Thursday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
District attorney Steve Marshall said the woman was eight months pregnant and doctors at Huntsville Hospital delivered the baby by Caesarean section Friday.
Officials are optimistic she and her child will be okay.
Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard said the man shot his estranged wife and himself during an argument while at her home for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night.
“He was welcome for Thanksgiving dinner over there,” Pollard said.
“They had called him over there, and apparently an argument erupted where the female was shot multiple times. Then, apparently, he turned the gun on himself.”
Chief Pollard said someone called the police department between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday to report shots fired and one injured person at Shady Oaks, a Hispanic mobile home community off of Lydia Drive in Albertville.
Chief Pollard said he shot himself in the head after shooting the woman multiple times.
“At the time when officers arrived, one of the family members had already taken the female to the hospital,” he said.
She is eight months pregnant, and at least one bullet hit her in the face.
Both of them survived the gunshot wounds to the head, and a pair of medical helicopters took them from Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz to Huntsville Hospital.
Police stayed on the scene for about two and a half hours after the shooting.
“We’re collecting evidence, making sure we’ve got all the evidence we need, and we’re trying to talk to anybody that might have been there; seen or heard anything,” Pollard said.
A wrecker truck came to the home and towed away a Jeep.
“That’s part of the investigation, but I don’t know if that’s his vehicle or not,” Pollard said.
Police have not released the names of the man and woman as they are working to notify family members who live outside Marshall County.