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Police say Riverton shooting may have been self-defense

Police are investigating whether a woman who shot a man in a domestic dispute Wednesday may have done so in self-defense.
Police are investigating whether a woman who shot a man in a domestic dispute Wednesday may have done so in self-defense.
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RIVERTON — Police are investigating whether a woman who shot a man in a domestic dispute Wednesday may have done so in self-defense.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, the woman allegedly shot the man she lives with at 1978 W. 12974 South. She was taken into custody that night for questioning, but officers decided not to arrest her, said Unified police detective Ken Hansen.

The woman, in her late 30s, gave police information that prompted detectives to "take a second look" at whether the shooting was committed in self-defense, Hansen said.

The man, also in his late 30s, was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital, where he was improving Thursday, Hansen said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The man was additionally injured by falling on some broken glass, according Hansen. He didn't know Thursday how many shots the woman allegedly fired or how many times the man was struck.

The man and woman have four children together, according to neighbors, but police said no children were in the home when the shooting occurred. Neither of their names were released as of early Thursday evening.

The woman was "upset" with the man, Hansen said, but he didn't have details about why. The two were involved in a domestic confrontation that escalated quickly, he said.

— Ben Lockhart