HPD officer who shot woman during domestic dispute cleared

HPD officer who shot woman during domestic dispute cleared
Bradley Skinner (Source: Madison County Jail)
Bradley Skinner (Source: Madison County Jail)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville police officer who shot a woman while responding to a domestic dispute in April in south Huntsville has been cleared to return to duty.

Police say Bradley Skinner, broke into a home where his estranged wife, Lisa Skinner, was staying with her mother. Police say Bradley was armed with a pistol and large knife. Lisa armed herself with a shotgun and retreated to the garage. Bradley followed her into the garage and aimed his pistol at Lisa, at which point she fired the shotgun at him, hitting him in the chest.

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When the first officer arrived on the scene on Bonnie Oaks Drive, he heard the gunshot as he approached the house. He saw Lisa standing in the garage holding the shotgun. The officer drew his weapon, telling her to drop her gun. When she instead pointed the weapon at the officer, he fired his gun, striking her in the hip.

After reviewing the incident, the Incident Review Board decided that the officer's actions were in accordance with department policy. He had previously been on administrative leave.

Lisa Skinner was taken to Huntsville Hospital, where she was treated and released. Bradley Skinner was released from the hospital and booked into the Madison County Jail where he remains on a charge of violation a protective order. There is no bond set. 

Court documents reveal the man accused of shooting at his estranged wife on Sunday was ordered to seek a psychiatric evaluation two days before the confrontation.

An attorney for the estranged wife filed a motion for an emergency hearing on April 15. The motion stated Skinner would not stop communicating with his client or his client's daughter. 

The motion stated Skinner was sending texts that were "violent in nature and made to intimidate and harass" his estranged wife. 

The motion also said that the estranged wife intended to go into hiding with her daughter and parents. It said she reported every incident to police, but Skinner had not yet been arrested.

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