Benton, KY woman , arrested on a charge of first-degree assault/domestic violence

Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Location: Noble Park Shelter 2, Paducah
Suspect(s): Barbara Howard, 78, of Benton, KY, arrested on a charge of first-degree assault/domestic violence
A Benton woman is in jail and her estranged husband hospitalized after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Paducah’s Noble Park.
Police were called about 4 p.m. Tuesday to a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found Joe S. Howard, 81, of Gum Springs Road, sitting inside a pickup truck with apparent gunshot wounds to his cheek, neck and shoulder. Barbara Howard was sitting outside, next to the truck.
Joe Howard was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Paducah, then flown to a Nashville hospital. He was reported in stable condition this morning.
Barbara Howard was brought to the police department, where she was interviewed by Det. Danny Slack. She told Slack that she shot her estranged husband because she was tired of arguing over civil legal issues.
Barbara Howard was arrested on a charge of first-degree assault/domestic violence and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.
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