Austyn Self, aged 23, is facing an initial court hearing, having been accused of shooting his girlfriend on Saturday. He is being detained on a $1 million dollar bond.
Legal documents have been filed with Woodbury County District Court and he is due to appear on January 25th.
Community Policing Sergeant Tom Gill held a press conference, in which he stated that Self had been charged with first-degree murder and three counts of child endangerment. During the altercation, he shot a woman in the abdomen.
According to Sergeant Tom Gill, the victim was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when the incident occurred. Sarah Zoelle dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that her boyfriend was aiming a firearm in her direction.
According to the complaint, the dispatcher was able to hear screaming and then Self answered the phone, telling them that he wouldn’t resist police efforts when the officers showed up.
Upon their arrival, the police discovered Zoelle with an infant of 6 months old in her arms, wounded from a gunshot. Additionally, two other young children were present in the residence.
The woman was soon after declared dead in a medical center. Gill went on to mention that the kids who were in the home when the event happened were given back to their relatives after DHS had concluded their inquiry.