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Woman Threatens To Kill Husband With Hatchet

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A Long Beach woman was in custody Monday morning on suspicion of attacking her husband and threatening to kill him with a hatchet.

When officers arrived at the apartment in the 1100 block of Walnut Avenue at 11 p.m. Saturday, they saw Melanie Elaine McGhee, 33, standing over her husband with a hatchet, preparing to attack him, police told City News Service.

Police said they shot at her because she was threatening to kill her husband with the hatchet and refused to put it down.

She was not hit and after the shot was fired, McGhee immediately surrendered, police said. Her husband was not hurt.

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She was booked into the Long Beach jail Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Her bail was set at $500,000, police told City news Service. She was then moved to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

The officer-involved shooting was under investigation by Long Beach homicide detectives even though no one was hit, officials said.

Prosecutors have until Wednesday to decide what charges to file.