An Anniston woman remained in the City Jail on Tuesday, charged with domestic violence after she shot her husband Monday night, police said.
Anniston police responded to an apartment complex on Coleman Road around 9 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of shots fired, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said Tuesday.
When officers arrived at the apartments, they found Sherry Cushen Cottle, 45, with a pistol in hand, Price said.
“Officers were able to announce themselves at the door and she agreed to put down the firearm,” the sergeant said. “They entered the home and found her along with the victim, her husband.”
Price said Cottle’s husband, whom the sergeant declined to name, had been shot through the hand and in the abdomen.
“EMS was called and he was taken to RMC,” Price said. On Tuesday, the man remained in critical condition, the sergeant said.
Police had been called to Cottle’s home several times over the past four days, Price said.
“We’ve answered a bunch of calls to her apartment with her being paranoid,” Price said. “She reported people watching her and people trying to come in the house.”
The shooting appeared to be a product of that paranoia, Price said.
“Last night she assumed one of these people she was paranoid about was breaking into the house and I guess she started firing, striking her husband,” the sergeant said.
Price said the woman at one point had been treated for mental health issues, but he was unsure if she was still seeking treatment.
“She did have an active pistol permit,” the sergeant said.
Cottle was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, a felony.