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PIX11 presents: Only in New York — Unsafe at Home

Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 22:26:12-04

Refresh at 10:30 p.m. to watch the full episode.

On a cold day in Howard Beach, housewife Barbara Sheehan was arrested for gunning down her husband, a retired NYPD detective. She fired 11 shots with two of his guns while he was shaving in the bathroom.

Her defense? Sheehan claimed she had no choice  — he would have killed her first. At the trial, Sheehan testified that she was the victim of her husband’s relentless physical abuse.

The central mystery: Was Sheehan in imminent danger when she pulled the trigger? Her freedom would hinge on how the jury answered that question.

The case became a window into the frightening realities of domestic violence, as the media questioned how the criminal-justice system handles the cases of battered women.

Full episode premieres Friday at 10:30 p.m.