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Teen shoots mom's boyfriend during assault in Rutherford Co.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC (WSPA) - The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office said a 15-year-old girl fatally shot a man during a domestic dispute at a home in Forest City.

According to sheriff's office news release, deputies responded just after midnight Wednesday to a home on Lakeview Drive, and found a 46-year-old dead in the home from two gunshot wounds.

The man was identified as Steven Kelley, a native of Indiana.

Kelley and four others -- a woman and three children, ages 12, 15 and 16 -- were home at the time of the deadly shooting. 

An investigation revealed that Kelley had attacked the woman and had been assaulting and strangling her.

While assaulting the woman, Kelley allegedly yelled that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the home.

According to the release, the woman's 12-year-old son grabbed a firearm, and his 15-year-old sister took the gun and fired it twice hitting Kelley in the chest.

Deputies said one of the fired rounds grazed the 16-year-old girl in the home. She was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital for treatment and was released on Thursday.

The woman reportedly had significant injuries from the assault.

According to the release, Kelley had threatened the woman multiple times and on Aug. 4 he had assaulted her and fire several rounds from a gun from inside the home.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Kelley had multiple firearms in the home and carried one on him.

Deputies learned that Kelley was a convicted felon and had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two different women in Indiana and Ohio.  No domestic violence or assaults had been reported to law enforcement before the deadly shooting on Wednesday.

According to the release, Rutherford Co. Lt. Jamie Keever presented the case to the District Attorney Ted Bell, Assistant District Attorney David Norris and Assistant District Attorney Ken Sauve.

The District Attorney's Office determined -- based on the facts and evidence from the case -- that the shooting was justified and said no charges would be filed.

 


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