(Sunman, Ind.) - A Ripley County woman accidentally shot herself in the legs when attempting to confront a person knocking at her door Tuesday night.
The report also turned into an OVI arrest for a relative.
Ripley County Communications received a 911 call from Christina L. Pennington, 26, at about 11:07 p.m., said Sheriff Tom Grills. Pennington told dispatchers she was afraid because an unknown person was beating at her door. She requested officers to come investigate.
While on the phone with dispatchers, Pennington had retrieved and loaded a 12-gauge shotgun. Grills said that when she took the safety off, the shotgun discharged, striking Pennington in the lower section of both legs.
Soon afterwards, officers arrived. Pennington was taken by ambulance to Margaret Mary Health Hospital in Batesville for treatment.
Grills said most of the shotgun pellets struck the floor between Pennington’s feet. The accidental shooting remains under investigation.
Police were unable to locate anybody who had been beating at Pennington’s door.
As officers remained at the home investigating, Pennington’s father-in-law, Anthony Pennington, 51, of Milan, arrived at the residence in his pickup truck. As he pulled up to the home, officers witnessed Pennington nearly strike a deputy’s patrol car.
Anthony Pennington was investigated and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.
He had come to the home at the request of his son to check on his daughter-in-law, Grills said deputies later learned.
The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Batesville Police and Sunman Rescue 20.