Couple's fight ends in shooting, teen kids call 911

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 11:22 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- An argument between a husband and wife ended in an accidental shooting at a Tempe apartment complex Friday morning.

It happened at the Sunset Villas Apartments in the neighborhood of Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive near Arizona State University.

According to Sgt. Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department, the couple's two kids called 911 at about 6 a.m.

"Initially they told us that both of their parents had been shot," Pooley told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell. "When we got out here we found the father walking down the street. He had two guns in his hands."

Pooley said the man complied with officers, putting his guns down when ordered. Police took him into custody without incident.

When they went into the couple's apartment, officers found a woman who had been shot in the leg.

That woman was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be OK.

Pooley said detectives are getting conflicting stories about the moment leading up to the shooting.

Both the man and the woman said they were wrestling for the gun, but it's not clear who had it when it discharged. The man told officers his wife shot herself. She said her husband shot her.

"We're trying to figure out what exactly happened," he said. "More than likely somebody will get arrested. We have to figure out who the primary aggressor was in this, who was at fault."

A ballistics team will analyze the evidence to piece together what happened.

The kids, ages 13 and 16, were not hurt.

"They did the right thing," Pooley said. "Obviously it was very traumatic for them. They want to help their parents and they did the right thing by calling us."

At this point, investigators are calling the shooting accidental. Pooley said it's likely that both the man and the woman will face some kinds of charges.

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