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Chatham Shooting a Clear Cut Case of Self Defense

Posted June 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Sherry Rives was just finishing up her shower when police say a would-be rapist broke through a window and into her trailer.

Investigators say Rives came out, put on her robe, and went down the hall. That's when she was confronted in the kitchen by Vincent Rieves. The two aren't related.

Rives ran through the halls of her home, grabbed her gun, then got into a scuffle with her attacker.

During the scuffle she pulled the trigger and shot herself in the leg, then she shot several times at him and didn't know how many times she hit him.

It turns out, Rives hit Rieves four times in the chest. Vincent Rieves, a neighbor with a long criminal history, died in her kitchen.

Officers were dispatched. When they walked in, they found him lying in the kitchen against the bar with a five-inch blade knife in his hand.

They're all glad that it turned out in her favor.

It didn't take long for word of the shooting to make its way through town. Neighbors say under the circumstances, there's no way charges could be filed against Rives.

The Sheriff says he'll present the case to the district attorney. In his words, "it's a clear-cut case of self-defense, and it's not likely Sherry Rives will be charged."

Meanwhile, Rives is still in the hospital recovering from her own wounds.