VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- An 18-year-old man from Visalia is expected to recover after he was shot while protecting his aunt from her husband.
Visalia police officers responded to the shooting on North Leslie Street near West Connelly Avenue at 2:50 a.m. Sunday.
Officers found the 18-year-old lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he is expected to be okay.
Investigators later learned that 46-year-old Samuel Bustos, the victim's uncle, was pointing a gun at his wife, threatening to kill her.
Police say the 18-year-old stepped in to protect his aunt and was shot while fighting over the gun.
Bustos was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility on attempted murder and weapon charges.
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