Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Butler Co. Standoff Ends In Surrender After Husband Allegedly Shoots Wife
By Amanda Wade


A standoff in Butler County ends peacefully after a man allegedly shoots his wife and holds his young son inside their home while armed.

Alabama News Network was the only news station on the scene as Jonathan Wright surrendered after a 9 hour standoff with law enforcement.

Butler County Sheriff, Kenny Harden, says Wright shot his wife around 2:00am Tuesday morning on Wild Fork Road. He says she was able to get out of the house and call police next door, but the sheriff says Wright held the couple's seven year old son in the home while armed, "Here at the scene we started negotiating with the suspect on the phone. After several hours of negotiation we were able to get him to let the child out at 8:11 (Tuesday) morning."

The woman was taken to Georgiana Hospital and then flown to Mobile for treatment. Officials say she suffered blunt force injuries to her forehead and was shot in the hand, but is expected to be okay.

Harden says after releasing the boy, it took another three hours of negotiations before Wright surrendered, "This is a win win for us. We got the child out, we got him out, no one hurt, so that's a win for us."

District Attorney, Charlotte Tesmer, says, "He will be charged with domestic violence first degree, attempted murder, and kidnapping in the first degree which are all class A felonies."

Wright is currently in the Butler County Jail without bond. Tesmer says as for a motive, there is some indication that Wright may have some mental health issues, but that is all she knows at this point, "I don't think the family members saw this coming. It's important for your children to know that they can call 9-1-1 and how to call 9-1-1."

Butler County Jail officials say Wright is currently on suicide watch as he awaits a mental evaluation.

Tesmer says Wright could face between 10 years to life behind bars.