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Dorothy Desjardins, 87, shot ‘cheating husband’, 88

Posted Nov 11 2011 10:42am
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Police say that 87-year-old Dorothy Desjardins shot her husband after suspecting him of having an affair with her hair dresser

Hell has no fury like an elderly woman scorned.

because she believed he was cheating on him with her hairdresser, Springfield police said.

“He had it coming,” Dorothy Desjardins said after officers arrived at her home on East Lamonta Drive, according to a police report. “He was stepping out on me, and I got pissed off.”

Desjardins confronted her husband, Peter, after her hairdresser confessed to the affair, she told police. Her husband denied the claim.

the police report said. While he was in the bed, Desjardins threw several books at him.

When she ran out of books, police said, she picked up her husband’s Ruger .22 calibier revolver.

“Desjardins then started flinging the revolver around in the air and [Peter] told her to stop because she didn’t know how to handle it,” the report said.

To prove otherwise, police said, the 87-year-old woman cocked back the hammer and fired.

The round, which contained fine grain pellets instead of a bullet, struck Peter in the right arm as he held it up in front of his face, police said.

“I didn’t kill him,” Desjardins said. “I just scared him.”

Peter was taken to the hospital and expected to recover.

 Desjardins was charged with second-degree assault, with bail set at $5,000.

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