ASHTABULA — A pregnant woman is claiming self-defense in the non-fatal shooting of a teenage boy at her apartment Tuesday.
The 16-year-old victim and his friend — the woman’s boyfriend and father of her unborn child — came to the woman’s apartment in the 5700 block of Woodman Avenue at about 2 p.m. following an earlier domestic altercation. When she wouldn’t let them in, they reportedly broke down the back door of her apartment.
“We found the back door kicked in,” Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said. “He smashed the back door right off the hinges.”
As they headed up the back stairs, the pregnant woman reportedly retrieved a small handgun and shot at them, hitting the 16-year-old in the left side of his chest, Stell said.
The men took off before police swarmed the apartment complex and then police received a call from ACMC about a shooting victim in the emergency room. The victim was eventually flown to a Cleveland hospital with a punctured lung.
At this point the woman has not been charged in the shooting and neither her boyfriend or the 16-year-old has been charged in the break in.
Police were first called to the scene Tuesday morning for a domestic altercation between the woman and her boyfriend, who were fighting. Police escorted the woman’s boyfriend out of the apartment complex and told him to stay away.
“It was originally an ongoing domestic problem,” Stell said.
Police spent several hours investigating the shooting scene. They also took possession of the handgun and are checking to see who owned it and if there are any restrictions on her or her boyfriend owning a gun, such as a previous felony, Stell said. The incident is still under investigation.