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UPDATE: Maury County man shoots wife after shoe argument

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CULLEOKA, Tenn. - Investigators with the Maury County Sheriff's Department say a husband shot his wife in the face during a Thanksgiving night argument over the shoes he was wearing.

Captain Jimmy Tennyson says James Cothran, 70, told investigators it all began when his wife Patricia Cothran, 59,  got angry when he refused to take off her late father's shoes Thanksgiving night.

According to the incident report, Cothran says he told his wife that the shoes were his and he would like to keep them as her father had been dead for 30 years.

The argument became heated and Cothran says his wife grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to knock his eyeballs out.

Cothran claims he fired in self defense.

"At this time and point it appears to be self defense," said Cpt. Tennyson.

Ultimately it will be up to the District Attorney General to decide if charges are filed.

Cothran tells Fox 17 News this was all the result of her suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia.

"I loved my wife very much," said Cothran.

As it turns out this is not the first time deputies have come to the couple's mobile home in Culleoka.

Tennyson says deputies have been there at least 14 times over the years but until Thanksgiving night none of those complaints were considered to be serious threats.

"There's not any cuts marks bruises or any threats other than just a disagreement then you know there's not a whole lot there's not a whole lot we can do," said Tennyson.

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