Cops: Man's Suicide Attempt Killed His Girlfriend Instead

The bullet struck her after traveling through Victor Sibson's head
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2017 1:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – A suicidal Alaska man killed his girlfriend with the bullet he shot into his own head, prosecutors say. Victor Sibson, 21, is facing a second-degree murder charge over the suicide attempt in Anchorage, KTVA reports. Prosecutors say that in the April 19 incident, the bullet Sibson fired traveled through his head and hit 22-year-old Brittany-Mae Haag in the armpit, striking her vital organs and fatally wounding her. Assistant District Attorney James Fayette calls the death an "extreme-indifference killing," KTUU reports. Prosecutors believe Haag was trying to get the gun away from Sibson when he fired it.

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Sibson, whose blood-alcohol level was found to be three times the legal driving limit, "had an entry wound on the left side of his head, he had an exit wound on the top of his skull," but he was saved by the "extraordinary skill of heroic medical personnel," Fayette says. After considering first and second-degree murder charges against Sibson, a grand jury decided to indict him on the latter charge last week and he surrendered to authorities Friday, Alaska Dispatch News reports. In a court appearance Sunday, he said he couldn't afford $250,000 bail and asked the judge: "Could we figure out if I’m guilty or not today?" (Read more Alaska stories.)

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