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Man shoots estranged wife in parking lot of Lee County Courthouse

Posted June 8, 2016 1:35 p.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2016 11:17 p.m. EDT

— A man shot his estranged wife Wednesday morning moments after the pair had appeared in the Lee County Courthouse on charges of communicating threats, police said.

Authorities said Steven Douglas Burch, 28, shot Katti Marie Sheffield, 35, in the courthouse parking lot at about 11:45 a.m.. Sheffield was taken by helicopter to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill for treatment of a gunshot wound to her back. She was released Wednesday night, according to her mother.

Burch was taken into custody about one block from the courthouse shortly after the shooting, authorities said. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, and a violation of a domestic protective order with a firearm.

Both Burch and Sheffield were previously charged with communicating threats. Those cases were continued prior to Wednesday's shooting.