Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Heflin woman shot

A south Webster Parish woman is in stable condition at LSU Health Sciences Center today after being shot by her estranged husband late Thursday.

According to Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton, his office and medical personnel were called to the incident in the 200 block of S. Main Street in Heflin around 4 p.m.

"When we got there, we found Jerry Ketchell and his wife, Brigette – who had been divorced but were trying to work it out," Sexton said. "She left out of the residence on her way to Minden to go to the bank is what she told us. She got up the road a ways and realized she had forgotten something, so she turned around and went back to the residence."

Brigette Ketchell reportedly entered the residence unannounced.

"He (Jerry Ketchell) took it as somebody pulling a home invasion," said the sheriff. "She entered into a hallway in the house and when he heard her coming in, he armed himself with a 40 caliber handgun. He ran into the hallway in a dark part of the house and shot her in the upper left shoulder and exited."

Sexton said Brigette Ketchell was coherent and talked with deputies at the scene before being transported to LSU by LifeAir.

"At this particular time, no charges have been filed," Sexton said. "We've talked with both individuals involved and their stories do match. We're just going to leave it as 'under investigation.'"






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