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Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigate a homicide inside a home on the 2900 block of Transcontinental Dr. after a woman called 911 and said she shot her husband, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Metairie, La.

A woman fatally shot her husband as he beat her and tried to strangle her in a Metairie home Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Saturday. Investigators did not book her with a crime after questioning her.

Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich identified the slain man as Ian Mastin, 27. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, Mastin's 27-year-old wife called 911 just before 9 p.m. and reported she had shot her husband in their home in the 2900 block of Transcontinental Drive.

Responding deputies found Mastin had been shot multiple times. He died at the scene. Deputies took his wife into custody and brought her to the agency's detective bureau to be interrogated. 

The Sheriff's Office said the woman cooperated with investigators and "provided a detailed and well-documented history of physical and psychological abuse" at the hands of Mastin.

Although the woman had not previously disclosed the abuse to law enforcement, friends or family, she "was able to provide a significant amount of corroborating evidence to back her statements," the Sheriff's Office said. 

The woman said Mastin had beaten her and attempted to strangle her Friday before she shot him, "fearing that the years of abuse would culminate in" her death, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

The Sheriff's Office said the woman "displayed multiple physical injuries that corroborated her account" of a justifiable killing in self-defense. The agency declined to name her because it believed she was a domestic violence victim and because she had been released from custody without being accused of a crime. 

The Sheriff's Office noted that investigators will forward their findings in the case to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges. 

Under Louisiana law, people who reasonably believe that their lives are in imminent danger can legally kill to defend themselves. 

Public records suggest Mastin had previously spent time in Monroe and Baton Rouge. A social media profile under his name says he was attending Tulane University Law School. The university confirmed that was the case but didn't comment further. 

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