MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The name of the man killed Tuesday night in Madison County, is 75-year-old John Donald Stice.
Investigators say they believe the man's wife was defending herself and fired the fatal shot. They say the couple had a history of domestic violence. Crisis Services of North Alabama is reminding people that anyone of any age can fall victim to domestic violence.
Investigators say the wife had defensive wounds when she was taken to Huntsville Hospital Tuesday night. Deputies say they've been called to the home in the past for another domestic incident.
Crisis Services Associate Director Cindi Stewart says people typically assume domestic violence is something younger couples experience but it can be happening to pretty much anyone, no matter their age. She says it can be harder for older domestic violence victims to leave an abusive relationship.
"We do find individuals who have been living with, and surviving in a domestic violence situation for years and years and it can be very difficult, and very scary to come away from that," Stewart said. "And so like the situation last night it can become very volatile."
Stewart says it's really a community effort to try and prevent these tragic endings from happening.
"Really try to pay attention, and be there for our family members and our friends when they are really needing help and don't give up on them, and be there when they're ready to reach out," Stewart said.
Domestic Violence helplines are available 24/7
- Crisis Services of North Alabama - 256-716-1000
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-88-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 303-839-1852
- Safe Horizons Crime Victims Hotline - 1-800-621-4673
- Safe Horizons Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest Hotline - 212-227-3000
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