MOOERS FORKS — A local woman is in custody in connection with the shooting of her estranged husband Tuesday morning.

State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain said Brenda Rabideau, 50, of Ellenburg Depot will be charged in connection with the shooting of Ricky Rabideau, 46, of Mooers Forks.

Mr. Rabideau called 911 at 9:07 a.m. to report that he had been shot by his estranged wife at his home at 712 Bush Road, where they had both lived before their separation.

At about the same time, John M. Downs arrived at the residence to make a delivery for Church Oil.

“I pulled up to the driveway and saw a woman run across the yard with a gun,” Downs said. “I didn’t know what she was chasing. I thought maybe it was a raccoon or something.”

Downs said he hadn’t even come to a complete stop when Mr. Rabideau came out from behind the garage with a portable phone, grabbing his back and bleeding from a .22-caliber rifle wound.

“He jumped on my running board and said, ‘She shot me! She shot me!’”

Downs, who’s been delivering for the company for 14 years, said he saw Mrs. Rabideau in his rear-view mirror.

“She was still chasing him. I just thought, ‘(I have to) get out of there.’”

While Mr. Rabideau was still on the running board, he told Downs to keep driving because she was still shooting at him. LaFountain said several shots were fired, but investigators were still trying to get an exact count.

About a half mile down the road, Downs pulled over, and Mr. Rabideau climbed into the truck.

He told Downs that he had called police but that he needed an ambulance.

“He was real shook up,” Downs said. “It didn’t seem that bad of a wound, but he kept saying he could feel a bullet.”

Downs contacted Church Oil, and they called 911 for an ambulance. Downs and Mr. Rabideau met police on Davison Road in Mooers Forks, and the wounded man was taken to the Mooers Fire Station. Champlain Emergency Medical Services was called to transport Mr. Rabideau from there to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

Meanwhile, Senior Investigator Patrick Mitchell got hold of Mrs. Rabideau by phone at the Bush Road house, while State Police officers and Border Patrol agents set up around its perimeter.

After about 30 minutes of discussion, Mitchell persuaded Mrs. Rabideau to leave the house and surrender to police.

Champlain EMS took her to CVPH for treatment of a possible prescription-drug overdose, LaFountain said.

LaFountain said he was unsure why Mrs. Rabideau was at the Bush Road residence, because she lives elsewhere now.

Downs, who has been delivering oil to the Rabideau residence for three or four years, said he didn’t ask Mr. Rabideau many questions during the drive.

“He just said he was going through a divorce.”

Mr. Rabideau was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at CVPH Medical Center.

LaFountain said Mrs. Rabideau was released from CVPH in the late afternoon and was processed at State Police barracks in Plattsburgh.

Downs returned to his delivery route about five minutes after they met up with police.

“I don’t know what would’ve happened if I hadn’t pulled up then,” he said. “She was looking for him. She was ready.

“I was thinking I was in the right place at the right time, but I could have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, too.”

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