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Alabama Woman Arrested After Accidentally Shooting Husband In The Head During Road Rage Incident, Authorities Say

Erica Cole allegedly tried to shoot another person, but mistakenly shot her husband instead, sending him to the hospital and herself to jail. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Erica Cole

An Alabama woman is being accused of accidentally shooting her own husband in the head while aiming for another person during a violent road rage incident.

Erica Cole, 31, has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment, after authorities said she fired a shot Saturday night during a heated road rage exchange that began along Highway 69 in Dodge City, according to local station WVTM.

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said the incident began around 6: 45 p.m. along the highway and continued to escalate at a home in Bremen, AL.com reports.

The exchange turned violent when Cole allegedly tried to shoot another person and accidentally shot her husband, identified by authorities as Nicholas Cole, striking him in the head.

Nicholas Cole was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition, following the shooting.

Erica Cole

He and his wife reportedly live together in Bremen, Fox News reports.

It’s not clear what may have sparked the dispute between Erica Cole and her alleged intended target Saturday night or whether they had any prior relationship with one another before the violent altercation.

Gentry declined to release any further details about the case because he said the investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. Deputies are now working with prosecutors as the case continues to develop.

Erica Cole was taken to jail and is being held without bond at the Cullman County Detention Center. It’s not clear whether she has been able to retain an attorney, according to The Associated Press.

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