Woman wounded during domestic crime

A Ruston man is in custody on home invasion and assault charges after he allegedly went after his ex-girlfriend and a man with a pistol.

Police responded to a Duque Drive apartment shortly after midnight Sunday morning in response to a call about gunfire. Witnesses told officers Malik A. Hornsby had entered the residence with a firearm and a woman had been struck by a bullet and taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

The woman told police Hornsby, her ex-boyfriend, came to the residence with a firearm and attempted to force his way inside her bedroom. She said Hornsby has made threats on her life before, but she did not consider them to have merit. She was attempting to escape out a window when she was shot in the ankle.

A man told police he walked out of the house and found Hornsby waiting on the porch. When Hornsby pulled out a firearm, the man retreated into the woman’s room as Hornsby pursued him with the gun. The woman gave the man her personal firearm and then she attempted to flee out the window.

The man said when he was handed the gun, Hornsby ran outside and pointed his handgun inside the window. The man fired at Hornsby to protect himself but inadvertently struck the woman in the ankle. 

The investigation showed five people were in the home at the time, including Hornsby’s own six-month-old child. The four adults interviewed gave similar statements about Hornsby forcing his way into the home with a gun.

Hornsby was contacted at the Ruston Police Department where he initially denied any crime was committed. He eventually admitted to producing a piece of metal he had fashioned to look like a firearm but could not produce this item for police.

Hornsby was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for home invasion, five counts of aggravated assault by a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bail had not been set at press time.

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