Woman charged after boyfriend fatally shot

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) -- A woman who called the Meigs County Sheriff's Office to report she had shot her boyfriend has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Sheriff's Lt. Scotty Wiggins told the Chattanooga Times Free Press Dede Neely fatally shot Brian Cofer Wednesday morning at a home in the Georgetown community.

Neely told police Cofer had pulled a gun the night before and threatened to kill her if she left. Neely said Cofer tried to attack her with a rifle the next morning, but put the weapon down. Neely said she picked it up and shot him.

Authorities say at the time of the shooting a 3-year-old daughter Neely had with Cofer was in the home as were Cofer's father and teenage brother.

Neely was held in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.


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