A 26-year-old Statesville woman was arrested this week in connection with the shooting of her husband outside an Iredell County elementary school in September.
Sheriff Darren Campbell blamed the delay in Kaley Callicutt’s arrest on the nine months it took for the results of forensic tests to come back from a lab.
Callicutt’s husband, Michael Andrew Callicutt, 33, was shot outside Central Elementary School on a Tuesday afternoon. He was hospitalized in critical condition.
The couple and their 3-year-old child went to the school in a truck to pick up their other child, according to media reports at the time. When the older child got into the truck, investigators said, the wife pulled out a gun and shot the husband.
The older child then ran into the school for help. The wife and the other child also went into the school and the wife laid down the gun, deputies said.
Michael Callicutt was found on the ground outside his truck. His wife was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning.
School had dismissed for the day, and few students were in school at the time. The school, on Wilkesboro Road in the northern part of the county, was still placed on lock down as a precaution.
Kaley Callicutt is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and with discharging a weapon on school property. She was in the Iredell County jail on $26,500 bail on Friday.
“The decision was made by the district attorney’s office to wait for the results of the forensic testing before any decisions were made,” the sheriff said in a news release Friday.
“In addition, a law had come into effect shortly prior to the shooting which stated that under certain circumstances the shooting could have be lawful,” the sheriff said. “But after all evidence had been analyzed at a laboratory, the district attorney decided this was not a justified use of force under the new law.”
Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.