This week in Birmingham, Alabama, at around 10:00 a.m., 31-year-old Eric Austin attempted to break into his estranged wife’s home and rape her. He wasn’t planning to wait for the police to get there and rescue her. He probably also wasn’t planning for her to be able to defend herself.
Fortunately, the woman was legally armed, and able to stop him by shooting him in the leg. By the time the police arrived, Austin had already fled in his car. He didn’t get far, though. He was only a few blocks away when he was stopped and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
After police and detectives questioned him, he was charged with attempted rape and second degree domestic violence and will be booked in jail upon release from the hospital.
Although unfortunate, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about this domestic violence incident. In fact, two or three women are killed by their husbands or intimate partners every day in the United States. In this case, a gun in the victim’s hands may have kept her from adding to that statistic.