Police responded to a report of a beating at an apartment complex at about 5 pm on on Saturday. When they arrived, they could hear screaming and signs of a struggle, but were denied access to the apartment by Kenneth Sanders-Bey, 41. He threw a concrete block at them as they were going up the stairs.

Officers broke down the door and found Sanders-Bey beating and cutting his ex-girlfriend with a hatchet. They ordered him to stop, and when he didn’t they hit him with the Taser. He continued striking the woman, so a sargeant shot him shot him twice, hitting him in the abdomen and arm.

Police say they recieved their call from one of the woman’s relatives, who was driving by the address to check on the woman. She saw the man kicking in the front door and called police. The woman had moved into the apartment about a month earlier.

Both Bey and the woman were transported to the hospital where both were reported to be in critical condition.

So many times, when the offender is determined to harm the other, they will not be swayed by anyone else’s words or actions. Anyone who attempts to protect the other, will often be harmed just so they will have a clear access to the person they are so intent to harm.

This is another reason I encourage the use of a shelter instead of taking shelter with a friend or loved one.

There is no mention of any previous history of domestic here. But I found it interesting that the woman had only lived in the apartment about a month, and that a relative felt it necessary to check on her.

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