MISSOULA — A Missoula man was charged with attempted deliberate homicide Tuesday morning after allegedly shooting his wife in the face with a small-caliber rifle.
Mark B. Tabish, 55, was arrested at the couple’s home around at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday after his wife drove herself to St. Patrick Hospital's emergency room, where a Missoula police officer attending to another task was alerted to the incident, Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh said.
Police were able to make contact with Tabish inside the couple’s home, where he was arrested and charged.
Police are continuing to investigate the details of the incident, which occurred near the 1700 block of South Eighth Street West.
Alcohol appears to be a factor, Welsh said.
“We don't have anything to suggest at this point that it’s an accidental shooting,” he said.
The 49-year-old woman’s injuries don’t appear to be life threatening, but she remained in the hospital Tuesday morning. She was able to provide details about the incident, Welsh said.
“She is certainly a lucky woman,” Welsh said.
Tabish was scheduled to be seen in Missoula County Justice Court at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.