Shreveport man allegedly shoots girlfriend by accident

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:27am

A Shreveport woman is recovering in a local hospital after she was allegedly shot accidentally.

At around 5:52 p.m. on Tuesday, officers were called to a Shreveport hospital's emergency room to a shooting victim.

When officers arrived, police found 25-year old Tasheka Osbourne suffering from a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound to the back. Osbourne told officials her boyfriend, 27-year old Christopher Sowell, accidentally shot her at a house in the 6200 block of West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. Sowell then brought her to the hospital.

Detectives went to the scene and learned Sowell was apparently looking for a battery in a kitchen drawer when he found a .380 handgun. The gun, which did belong to him, had been malfunctioning, and according to Sowell, he had intended to take the weapon to a gunsmith. Thinking the handgun was broken, Sowell pulled the trigger and shot Osbourne.

Detectives took the weapon and processed the home for possible evidence.

Osbourne underwent emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators do not suspect foul play, and Sowell has not been charged with any crime at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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