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Argument leads to shooting

By Robin Y. Richardson
July 13, 2012 at 10 p.m.


A 79-year-old woman remained in the Harrison County Jail on Friday for allegedly shooting her husband in the head during an argument between the two on Wednesday.

"No bond has been set," Jay Webb, spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said.

The woman, Bonnie Hooper, was charged with aggravated assault. Her husband, 62-year-old Hubert Dean White, was taken by Marshall EMS to Good Shepherd Medical Center-Marshall to be treated for his injuries. He has since been released.

"Mr. White is at home and in good condition," said Webb.

Ms. Hooper didn't have any reported injuries.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, 911 dispatchers received a call at approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, regarding an assault with a weapon that had occurred Wednesday evening at Private Road 1228 Lot #256 in Marshall.

The caller, who was a neighbor, stated that Ms. Hooper was the victim and had been assaulted by her husband the previous night and, therefore, had barricaded herself in the bedroom of her home.

She stated that the couple had been arguing the night before, and that White was very intoxicated at the time of the argument.

She further advised that Ms. Hooper ended up escaping the home Thursday morning by crawling through a bedroom window and contacted the neighbor to call for help since her husband was still in the house, and she was afraid to leave the bedroom.

"When the call to 911 was made, the caller stated that the suspect had a weapon and advised that he was in the living room area of the house," the press release notes.

Upon arrival to the scene, deputies found the alleged suspect, White, lying on the floor with a bullet wound to his head and a pool of blood on the floor.

"He was conscious and further stated he and his wife had been arguing for several days," the press release indicates.

Investigators conducted interviews with both parties to determine how White ended up shot in the head when the caller reported that Ms. Hooper was the victim.

The investigation is ongoing.

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