A Hector woman has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter in connection to the killing of a 42-year-old Hector man, who was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office as Anthony Tebben.
According to a criminal complaint, Tebben is believed to have been shot in the head by 35-year-old Elizabeth P. Lynch, of Hector. Lynch called 911 around 1 a.m. on March 26 and said she shot her boyfriend, claiming to have pointed the gun at him and unintentionally fired the weapon when she flinched.
Law enforcement arrived at the scene in Renville County and found Tebben on the floor, struggling to breath. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Several children were upstairs in the home at the time of the incident. They were taken into protective custody by social services.
Lynch informed police that a day before the shooting Tebben threw a plate and broke it, so she bought the gun – a black semi-automatic handgun – because she was mad at him. She said she pointed the gun at Tebben when he became aggressive, alleging that there relationship had a history of domestic abuse.
She said the gun discharged when she flinched.
The complaint notes that Lynch said she was unfamiliar with how to use the gun and was not sure if it was loaded.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Renville County Sheriff’s Office are assisting the Hector Police Department with the investigation.