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87-year-old charged with trying to kill wife

Joseph Smith (Source: LMDC) Joseph Smith (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An 87-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

According to an arrest slip, Joseph Smith and his wife were discussing some ongoing issues the morning of April 22. Smith then told his wife, "This is the day I'm going to kill you myself."

Smith then became physically aggressive with his wife and strangled her with both hands until she had trouble breathing. He then pulled out a handgun and shot at her multiple times striking her once in the shoulder. The bones in her shoulder shattered.

The wife fled the scene and called police. She was transported to University Hospital by EMS. Smith was arrested late the same night. He is being charged with attempted murder, assault, wanton endangerment and terroristic threatening.

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