A woman from Hartford was arrested for firing a shot at her estranged husband while he sat in his car at a grocery store.

Police said Madeline Mercado faces a number of charges.

It began as a call from Mercado's mother, which was made just after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The mother told police that her daughter had tried to shoot her husband during an altercation.

Police said they responded to the location, which was the Premium Grocery business at 346 Wethersfield Ave.

The victim told officers that he was approached by his estranged wife outside of the store. He had been sitting in his Nissan Maxima at the time.

He said she pointed a firearm at him and fired at him once.

She then fled on foot toward Elliot Street.

Police analyzed the vehicle and found it to have a broken window and a hole in the passenger side door.

The victim was not hurt.

Mercado was found at an address on Elliot Street and agreed to speak with police.

Officers said she claimed to have fired in self-defense.

Mercado, who has a valid pistol permit, freely handed over her Ruger LC9 9 mm gun, which contained five live rounds.

Video surveillance, however, painted a different picture.

Police said it was not consistent with Mercado's self-defense story.

Over the course of the investigation, they said they developed probable cause to charge her.

Mercado was booked on criminal attempt at first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace.

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