Two women were injured during a domestic violence situation where one was struck by a shotgun and the other shot herself Monday night in Woodbridge, Virginia, according to police.
Officers were called to Chaste Tree Place near the Prince William Parkway and Marblestone Drive for reports of a shooting inside a resident. When they arrived, they found a woman on a second-story deck, suffering from an injury.
Police said the woman, 50, fled to the deck after her wife beat her over the head with a shotgun. Neighbors said they heard someone yelling, “Don’t kill me,” during the incident.
Police and tactical teams were able to speak to the woman on the deck, who told them her wife was inside with the shotgun. But they were unsure how to rescue the woman from the deck while dealing with a potentially dangerous situation inside.
“We were able to utilize a ladder and safely evacuated her from that residence while helicopter provided aerial support in case the unknown suspect came out, because at that time, we still didn't know what we had,” said Sgt. Jonathan Perok, with the Prince William County police.
After rescuing the woman from the deck, a tactical team entered the townhouse and found the woman, 53, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Both women were expected to recover from their injuries.
Police said the woman with the shotgun was expected to face charges.