A woman was hospitalized Tuesday with shotgun blast injuries to both legs while her estranged husband was jailed in the case. An investigation continues.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said Shirley Mlynek suffered leg injuries from a No. 4 Buckshot fired from a shotgun. She was taken to Prague’s hospital, he said, and was expected to be transferred to Oklahoma City. Her location and medical condition was unknown Tuesday night.
Phillip Mlynek was arrested in connection with the case, Booth said. He was jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Tuesday evening on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill, jail records show. His initial court appearance for a bond hearing will be held Wednesday.
According to court records, the Mlyneks were married in 1975 and Shirley Mlynek filed for divorce in August.
Booth said because of the divorce, Shirley Mlynek was staying at her son’s home in the panhandle of rural Pottawatomie County, where the shooting occurred.
According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect was at the son’s home waiting on Shirley Mlynek, Booth said, and he allegedly brought the shotgun with him.
“The shooting occurred outside in the yard area,” Booth said.
Shirley Mlynek’s statement to deputies was that her husband wanted her to sign over the deed to their land, Booth said.
When she didn’t, Booth said she told deputies that’s when her husband allegedly shot her.
Deputies found two casings at the scene — one on the ground and one in the shotgun, the sheriff said.
The shooting remains under investigation. Booth said they were trying to confirm reports late Tuesday that Shirley Mlynek had filed a threat complaint in Okfuskee County last month, where the couple reportedly has property.
Prague police assisted in the case Tuesday. Formal charges have not been filed. Once the investigation is complete, reports will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.