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Wife reportedly sees man drive through her yard, exit car, force her husband to ground, and point gun at his head. So she grabs her own gun and ends threat permanently.

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A wife reportedly saw a man drive through her southern Indiana front yard Monday night, exit the vehicle, force her husband to the ground, and point a gun at his head.

With that, she grabbed her own gun and shot the man dead, WDRB-TV reported.

What are the details?

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said the incident began around 6:30 p.m. in the 7700 block of Organ Springs Road in Salem where officers responded to a 911 call, the station said, citing an Indiana State Police news release.

Authorities said officers found 45-year-old Michael Chastain in a front yard with a gunshot wound, WDRB reported, adding that he was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said Chastain drove through the yard, grabbed the homeowner, forced him to the ground, and pointed a gun at his head, the station said.

The homeowner's wife saw the incident from inside the house, grabbed her handgun, went outside, and shot Chastain, WTHR-TV reported, citing police.

State police investigators told WDRB that Chastain is well known in the area and has a criminal background. WDRB also said Chastain dated the homeowner's daughter, but added that police aren't sure why he targeted her father since she no longer lives at the home.

The case eventually will be turned over to the Washington County Prosecutor's Office, WDRB also said, citing the state police news release.

State police did not release the identities of the homeowner and his wife, WTHR added.

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How are folks reacting?

Commenters on WTHR's Facebook page about the shooting were decidedly in the corner of the wife who pulled the trigger:

  • "This is why we have the 2nd Amendment," one commenter said.
  • "The acceleration rate of find out is proportional to the rate of f*** around," another commenter added.
  • "That's how you defend your family," another commenter declared.
  • "She had every right to," another commenter wrote.

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