Charges placed on a 61-year-old Columbus man accused of shooting a woman on Lee Street were dropped Wednesday after the woman told the court that she accidentally shot herself in the leg.
Christopher Brown no longer faces one count each of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession by a convicted felon in connection to the Monday incident.
Columbus Police Officer Jacob Siter said he and another officer were called to a trauma room at the Columbus Midtown Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim Monday at 1:29 a.m.
Siter said an investigation revealed that the friend of the woman who was shot Monday left a gun for the woman. The friend reportedly left the weapon following a February altercation between the woman and Brown.
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As a result of that February altercation, Columbus police issued two battery-related arrest warrants against Brown, who resides in the 2700 block of Lee Street.
The Monday domestic dispute, Brown told police that he accused the woman of having an affair and a man was hiding in the Lee Street residence between two mattresses Monday.
At the time, there was pistol on a nightstand close by, Siter said. The woman told the judge that she put the gun there when Brown began to lift the mattresses.
According to the officer, a struggle ensued and the man shot the woman in the right leg around 12:30 a.m. using that pistol. The woman testified that she accidentally shot herself once, but Siter said she has two bullet wounds.
“I didn’t plan to shoot,” the woman testified. “I just thought it would scare him, and he would just leave.”