Authorities believe Ohatchee woman’s shooting death an accident
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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A 32-year-old Ohatchee woman died Wednesday from complications from a gunshot wound, the result of what authorities believe was an accidental shooting by her husband last month.

The incident occurred Sept. 21 at the couple’s home on the 2100 block of Cochran Springs Road. Andria Romaine’s husband was reloading his .45-caliber pistol as he tried to solve a problem with new ammunition when the gun discharged, according to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Wade.

“We think it was just a tragic accident,” Wade said.

Wade said Romaine told deputies who responded to the emergency call that the shooting was a mistake.

According to Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown, Romaine died at UAB Hospital.

Wade said that despite investigators’ beliefs, they must treat any such death as a homicide. As of this morning, the case was still considered a pending investigation, he said.

Wade stressed that gun owners can avoid tragedies if they follow basic safety guidelines. He said they must always treat a gun as if it is loaded and must never point a firearm in an unsafe direction.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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