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Mom charged with shooting at her husband in bedroom

Staff Writer | May 20, 2020 1:00 AM

A Post Falls mother of two accused of shooting at her husband with a 30-caliber pistol posted bail last week, but Holly N. Landerman will be back in court June 4 to determine the status of her case.

Landerman, 31, is charged with one count of aggravated assault, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Landerman was in the Kootenai County Jail Friday morning when a Coeur d’Alene magistrate set her bail at $50,000 and ordered no contact orders in the case. Because two children were involved, the judge allowed exceptions in the order. She posted bail later that day and was released around 4 p.m.

Police said Landerman shot at her husband, Tyler, with a .380 handgun the previous night in the bedroom where the couple had been sleeping. A bullet went through a door and a wall in the couple’s Post Falls residence on the 500 block of east 23rd Avenue.

Tyler Landerman said he awoke to his wife yelling and pointing a handgun at him. She fired once and he ran to flee the residence.

Police said the bullet penetrated the closet door, a shelf, a wall and a staircase. When police recovered the Ruger firearm, its receiver was jammed, causing the pistol to malfunction.

Landerman told police that her husband had tried to choke her and she therefore used the pistol to protect herself.

Her attorney, Jed Nixon, told the court last week that despite what appeared to be an aggressive action on the part of the defendant, “There are two sides to every story.”

His client grew up in North Idaho, worked 11 years at Costco and has no criminal record, Nixon said.

The couple was going through a divorce, Nixon said, and police had been called to the residence three times since January for domestic issues.

Police said Tyler Landerman wore only underpants and a T-shirt turned backward when officers arrived after midnight. He was crying and told police he feared for his life.

Landerman’s preliminary hearing has tentatively been set for June 5.