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JUSTIFIED: Woman Forced to Shoot Attacking Ex-Boyfriend

A 19-year-old Seattle woman was forced to shoot her ex-boyfriend as he charged at her holding a gun in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Monday morning, Seattle police say.

The 32-year-old man was shot in the leg but is expected to recover. However, Seattle police intend to arrest him on felony harassment charges as soon as he’s discharged from the hospital.

The incident unfolded along Melrose Avenue around 11 a.m. Monday. The woman went to meet her ex to return his gun, according to police reports. But when she saw him on the street, he charged at her holding another gun. As soon as the woman witnessed what her ex was doing, she pulled out the pistol in her possession and opened fire to stop the attack.

The shooting briefly closed streets in the vicinity of Denny Way and Melrose, which is located along the ledge of the I-5 corridor through downtown Seattle.

After police responded to the scene, the 19-year-old woman called 911 to report that she was the shooter, police said. She met officers at a nearby intersection and was questioned by detectives. Seattle police domestic violence unit detectives are handling the matter.

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