Fayetteville woman accidentally shoots husband

Friday, January 9, 2015
Fayetteville woman accidentally shoots husband
A Fort Bragg soldier was shot in the chest Friday morning after his wife thought he was a home intruder.

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- A Fort Bragg soldier was shot in the chest Friday morning after his wife thought he was a home intruder.

"She was doing what she felt was right and to defend herself at that time," said Detective Antoine Kincade, a spokesman with the Fayetteville Police Department.

The shooting happened around 10:15 a.m. in the 1100 block of Christina Street.

Fayetteville Police say Zia Segule, 28, left for work. His wife, 27-year-old Tiffany Segule, set the home alarm system. Zia Segule returned to the home unannounced to surprise his wife with breakfast. The alarm sounded and Tiffany Segule, who had gotten back in the bed, shot her husband in the chest through their closed bedroom door. Police said her husband had entered through the front door, but it's unclear whether he ever announced himself or tried to turn off the alarm.

Zia Segule was able to walk and talk following the shooting, said police. He has been released from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He declined to speak in detail with media when he returned home early Friday afternoon, but said "I'm good."

Tiffany Segule was taken to the Fayetteville Police Department for questioning. Police said she may have been on edge due to recent break-ins in the area. Four home break-ins and four vehicle break-ins have been reported in the neighborhood since January 1, 2014. However, neighbors said Friday that there have been far more attempts.

Jose Estrella lives nearby.

"I can't believe it just happened, but I understand," said Estrella. "I understand why it happened. Even at night, I wake up at night and say 'Okay, did I just hear something?' But I wouldn't open fire just like that."

"Until you're in that position, none of us can really say what we're going to do," said Debbie Lauterbach, another neighbor.

By 5 p.m. Fayetteville Police had the search warrant they needed to verify what happened earlier in the morning.

The investigation is ongoing.

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