GOLDSBORO, NC Jan 23 2017– A man accidentally shot and killed his wife Friday when she returned home from work early and he assumed she was a burglar.
When deputies arrived at the Williams home early Friday morning, they found Gina Williams, 48, lying on the front porch with a gunshot wound to her neck.
The woman’s husband – Billy Williams, 49 – was also on the porch, administering first aid, according to the sheriff’s office.
Gina Williams had returned home from an overnight work shift hours earlier than expected. A child heard a noise at the front door and alerted her father.
Thinking someone was trying to break in, Billy Williams got a gun from a safe, opened the front door and fired one shot, authorities say.
The bullet hit his wife in the neck, and she did not survive.
Neighbors say the family is tight knit and happy.
"You pray for the family. It’s going to be a tough one,” neighbor George Ezzell said.
Authorities are calling this case an accidental shooting. No charges have been filed.