Lincoln woman accused of firing gun in front of children is charged with felony

Shooting arrest

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A 34-year-old Lincoln woman has been charged with felony child abuse after police say she fired a gun inside her home.

Mallory Ruel had threatened to kill herself before shooting the gun. Two children were present and were put in potential danger, police allege in court records.

Her ex-husband arrived at the home on Northwest 38th Street on Dec. 28 to pick up one of the kids and heard someone yelling “I’m going to do it,” according to an affidavit.

Ruel came outside holding a revolver and pointing the weapon to her chin, police said, and the ex-husband called the police.

Once the Lincoln Police Department arrived on scene, negotiators spoke with Ruel, who had gone back inside, by phone. During the negotiation, officers heard a gunshot and forced their way into the home, taking Ruel into custody.

A search warrant was issued for the residence, where investigators found a .38 revolver under a bed located in the basement.

The girl later told investigators that Ruel was drinking that morning, had frequently wielded the revolver and was threatening suicide, according to the affidavit.

She was trying to get the gun away from her mother when it went off, police said.

The children were turned over to family members who were present at the scene.

Ruel was taken to Lancaster County’s Mental Health Crisis Center before she was moved to the county jail Saturday.

Her initial court appearance was on Tuesday, and her bond was set at $10,000. She must pay $1,000 to be released.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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