No charges being pursued in domestic shooting incident

Authorities are not pursuing charges at this time against a woman who shot a man during a domestic dispute Saturday in Gans.

Sequoyah County Undersheriff Greg Cox said Andrew Ray Qualls, 46, was shot one time in the chest and remains in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital.

Cox said the shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the residence where Qualls had been living. Due to it being a domestic violence incident, Cox said the woman's name is not being released.

The woman had an active protective order against Qualls who had recently returned from prison, but she had let him move in, Cox said.

Qualls had reportedly started drinking, and Cox said the woman told sheriff's Investigator B.R. Rutherford that when Qualls starts drinking he gets violent. 

Cox said deputies were familiar with the residence because there had been five previous calls of disturbances at that location.

When Qualls reportedly started getting intoxicated, the woman told authorities she left the residence but had to return to retrieve her computer she used for her work, Cox said. At that time, Qualls reportedly cornered the woman in the bedroom and shoved her onto the bed where he straddled her and started to strike her with his fist, Cox said.

At that time, the woman pulled a gun out and shot Qualls in the chest, the undersheriff said. Qualls was transported to a hospital in Fort Smith and later transferred to a hospital in Little rock. 

Cox said Qualls declined to give a statement to investigators.

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