DOCUMENTS: Woman who killed husband on I-80 was ‘protecting herself’ and her children

A woman who authorities say shot and killed her husband during an argument on Interstate 80 told investigators she was trying to protect herself and the couple's children, according to court documents.
Kathleen Web

A woman who authorities say shot and killed her husband during an argument on Interstate 80 told investigators she was trying to protect herself and the couple’s children, according to court documents.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators arrested 31-year-old Kathleen Jourdan on Wednesday for second-degree murder.

Jourdan and her husband, identified as 35-year-old Joshua Jourdan, were involved in an argument while traveling on I-80 near Cozad when he pulled over the vehicle. Kathleen Jourdan then produced a handgun and shot her husband twice, the patrol said.

In an affidavit for her arrest, investigators said during an interview with Jourdan she told them her husband gave her “a look, while at the same time raising his arm” at her “like he was going to strike her.”

Jourdan told investigators her response was to pull a handgun from the center console and shoot him, according to the affidavit. She said she did not know whether her response was justified but “at the current time she did not not know what else to do,” according to the document.

Jourdan told investigators she felt she was protecting herself and their two kids, who were in the backseat at the time, and that her husband had been abusive in the past, according to court documents.

Jourdan called 911 to report the shooting and remained at the scene until multiple law enforcement agencies arrived.

The children were placed in protective custody.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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