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Calif. woman with hatchet held in domestic fight

Posted: July 22, 2013 2:57 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2013 2:57 p.m.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Long Beach woman is in custody after she threatened her husband while holding a hatchet.

Melanie Elaine McGhee was booked into the Long Beach jail Sunday for investigation of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say they saw McGhee standing over her husband Saturday night, preparing to attack him.

A police statement says an officer fired a single shot at the 33-year-old after she threatened to kill her husband with the hatchet and refused to put it down.

Police say McGhee immediately surrendered after the shot was fired. No one was hurt.

McGhee was moved to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles County, where she's being held on $500,000 bail.

It is not immediately known whether McGhee has an attorney.


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