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Woman's boyfriend allegedly shoots estranged husband during argument

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — Police aren't charging a man for allegedly shooting his girlfriend's estranged husband in the belly because he thought his life was in danger, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

The estranged husband, Jimmy Ray Wallace, 46, of Athens, went Tuesday to his wife's home on South Houston Street, Bruce said, to recover a vehicle.

That led to an argument between Wallace and his wife in the driveway, Bruce said.

"The boyfriend told Wallace he needed to get off of his property," Bruce said. "Wallace told the boyfriend he was going to kill him."

The boyfriend fired once at Wallace with a .22-caliber handgun, hitting him in the stomach, Bruce said. Wallace did not have a weapon, the captain said.

Police received a call at 7:25 p.m. about a gunshot victim at Athens-Limestone Hospital's emergency room.

Athens-Limestone transferred Wallace to Huntsville Hospital, where he was in serious condition Wednesday evening in the surgical intensive care unit.

Police did not arrest the boyfriend but will present the case to a grand jury to determine if the evidence warrants charges. Bruce would not release the boyfriend's name because police did not charge him.

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