Woman accused of shooting husband claims self-defense

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SOUTH STRABANE, Pa. —

A woman accused of shooting her husband inside his Washington County home earlier this month faced a judge Monday, and claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

Charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault against Latasha Stapp, 26, were held for court.

Investigators said Stapp’s two children were inside the Clubhouse Circle home when she shot Tyler Stapp, 27, several times on March 12. Authorities said the couple's children, ages 5 and 7, were not hurt.

Latasha Stapp’s family told Channel 11 News that she and Tyler were getting a divorce and she was living out of state, but had come back to visit her children.

A detective testified Monday that the Stapps were in bed and Tyler was on top of Latasha. She told him to close his eyes and she shot him.

The detective testified that Latasha said she shot her husband because she was afraid of him and that he hit her earlier in the day.

According to the detective, he saw bruises on Latasha’s face.

Tyler Stapp was not in court Monday because officials said he is still undergoing treatment as he recovers from the gunshot wounds.

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