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UNI professor shot in face while seated in car

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 10:44 a.m. CDT

CEDAR FALLS (MCT) — A University of Northern Iowa professor was shot in the face while driving with her family through Ohio during Thanksgiving break.

Julie Husband, associate professor and interim head of UNI’s Department of Languages and Literatures, was struck in the jaw by a slug from a 12-gauge shotgun just outside of Toledo, Ohio, Sunday.

Ohio State Patrol officials said Tuesday they are still investigating who might have fired the gun.

Husband is expected to make a full recovery. The slug, typically used for hunting large game, only broke her jaw.

Doctors at Toledo Hospital surgically removed the mass of metal and wired her jaw shut. Her jaw will be shut for the next four to six weeks.

“I thought I had been shot and at first I thought it might be intentional,” Husband wrote in an email.

Her spouse, Jim O’Loughlin, was driving their 2012 Prius on the Ohio Turnpike about 20 miles outside of Toledo when the slug shattered the passenger window, striking Husband in her right mandible. Her three children, ages 7 to 15, were in the backseat at the time.

“It’s a trip we’ve done a dozen times,” O’Loughlin said. The family was on its way to visit Husband’s family in Rochester, New York.

“We immediately came to a stop and we didn’t know at the time what it was...There was just broken glass and blood,” he added.

Ohio State Trooper Duane Dotson responded to the incident.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this happen,” said Dotson, who has worked 26 years in the field.

Dotson said the shot came from the ground outside the car. But he’s not sure where the round came from since the family was traveling along a rural route with a partially open field.

O’Loughlin said the person who fired the gun probably did not know the fate of their shot.

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