19-year-old arrested after he shot himself in leg, woman in back

By Christy Hendricks - bio | email

STEELE, MO (KFVS) - Police arrested a 19-year-old Steele man after police say he shot himself in the leg and the back of a woman.

Steele police say they found a 39-year-old woman shot in the back after a call of shots fired at 2;12 a.m. on July 24.

The suspect told police he was sitting in the back seat of the victim's car on N. First Street when he began clearing the chamber on a .25 caliber handgun.  The suspect told police the gun went off, traveled through his leg, and into the woman's back.

Police say the man threw the gun in the street and left the scene.

Police say the suspect was intoxicated.

The woman was flown to a hospital in Memphis for treatment.

The suspect was treated and released from the Pemiscot County Hospital with minor injuries.

He was taken to the Pemiscot County Justice Center pending formal charges of unlawful use of a weapon.

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