Woman Who Shot, Killed Husband Released Without Charges After Providing 'Detailed History' of Abuse

A Louisiana woman who shot and killed her husband this week and reportedly admitted the act to police has been released from custody without charges because she gave investigators "a detailed and well-documented history of physical and psychological abuse by her husband," according to a report.

Police in the New Orleans metro area of Metairie responded to a murder at about 9 p.m. on Friday night this week after a 27-year-old woman called 911 and told officials she had shot her husband. When police arrived at the 2900 block of Transcontinental in Metairie they found a man fatally wounded and his wife at the scene, according to nola.com.

"This was not a random act," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said after the shooting. "The person actually called and admitted to shooting her husband."

The woman who allegedly shot and killed her husband had "multiple physical injuries" suggesting abuse, police said.

A spokesperson with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office told nola.com that law enforcement officials had not received calls of prior incidents of abuse but that after the shooting the woman who allegedly shot and killed her husband told authorities she had been hiding it.

"The woman described hiding the abuse from friends and family but was able to provide a significant amount of corroborating evidence to back her statements," Capt. Jason Rivarde said, according to the Times Picayune/nola.com.

"The woman stated that another incident of physical abuse occurred through the evening hours yesterday that included escalating altercations and attempted strangulation," Rivarde said. "Fearing that the years of abuse would culminate in the loss of her life, she shot her husband. She displayed multiple physical injuries that corroborated her account."

Law enforcement officials did not release the woman's name.