NKY man charged after wife claims she shot herself, sheriff says

Steven A. Schuetz
Steven A. Schuetz(Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:38 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:39 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WXIX) - A Boone County man was arrested on domestic violence charges Monday after his wife initially claimed she shot herself in the foot while playing with a gun, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies say Stephen A. Schuetz, 62, of Union, confessed to shooting his wife Sunday night during a domestic violence incident.

Schuetz confronted his wife after learning of a recent affair, the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release.

Deputies say he was intoxicated and physically assaulted his wife multiple times throughout the evening and later fired a handgun several times, hitting her once in the ankle.

Schuetz’s wife told detectives that she couldn’t call for help because her husband took her phone and she couldn’t leave because she’d been shot.

It was not until Monday morning that Schuetz gave his wife her phone and she called 911.

Deputies say the woman’s injuries are non-life-threatening.

Schuetz faces one count of strangulation, assault, two counts of assault, one count of terroristic threatening, and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

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