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Man Allegedly Kills Horse, Kidnaps Woman, Shoots Himself In Face - And Somehow Survives

Colton Hurley shot a horse at point blank range, police say, in addition to turning the gun on himself. 



By Jon Silman

When the victim got home, Colton David Hurley allegedly rammed her car with his truck, multiple times. She fled and he chased her, and she somehow got away. That's when he got the shotgun, according to a Lauren's County Sheriff's Office release

Hurley, 26, was charged with numerous offenses, including attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, aggravated breach of peace, two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, unlawful neglect of a child and ill treatment of animals. The domestic incident happened on April 9 in Laurens County, South Carolina. 

Hurley was waiting for the victim, and when she jumped out of her rammed car, he chased, tackled and assaulted her, the release said. A relative of the victim showed up and the victim escaped to her house. That's when Hurley went to a house nearby and got a shotgun. His next move, according to sheriffs, was to shoot a horse at point blank range, killing it. Officers believe he fired the weapon a few times as additional gunshot evidence was found at the scene. 

Hurley then forced his way into the house where the victim was hiding and held her against her will, the release said, while she had her small child in her hands. He allegedly forced his way into a locked room and dragged her outside. He wanted her to see him shoot himself with the shotgun. Because he didn't place the weapon close enough to his face, he only received moderate injuries, and he was still walking around when officers arrived. He surrendered without incident. 

It took seven minutes for authorities to respond to the scene. One of the first to arrive was a School Resource Officer located at a nearby school. Deputies also had to divert an approaching school bus and get it to a safe location.

Hurley was taken to the hospital and released into the Laurens County Jail on April 11. Hurley's criminal record shows an arrest on charges of second-degree domestic violence in February, Fox Carolina reported. He was denied bond on April 12 in court.

[Photo: Laurens County Sheriff's Office]

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