Woman, 80, accused of trying to kill husband in Fort Worth

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An 80-year-old Fort Worth woman fed up with her husband’s talk and late night outings retrieved a revolver, stuck it to his chest, and pulled the trigger Sunday, police said.

Lucky for 73-year-old Sterling Strickland, the gun jammed and didn’t go off.

Police were called to the scene and arrested Tempie Strickland on suspicion of attempted murder. She remained in the Mansfield Jail Monday with bail set at $100,000.

The incident happened about 5:34 p.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of Todd Avenue.

The Stricklands had gotten into a verbal argument about Sterling Strickland staying out late at night and the way that he talks to Tempie Strickland, according to Officer Sharron Neal, a police spokeswoman.

Tempie Strickland told police that she was fed up with her husband but, due to his size, didn’t want to get into a physical fight with him.

Instead, she went to the master bedroom, retrieved a revolver, put it to his chest, and tried to fire it, Neal said.

Sterling Strickland didn’t want his wife arrested, Neal said.

Under department policy, officers are required to make arrests in suspected domestic violence situations if the officer has probable cause to believe an offense has been committed.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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