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Man who shot self accused of killing girlfriend after bullet passes through head

An Alaska woman died last month after her boyfriend attempted to shoot and kill himself -- but the bullet passed through his body and into hers.

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Victor Sibson, 21, survived after he fired one shot to his head in an attempt to commit suicide on April 19.

Investigators believe Sibson’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Brittany-Mae Haag, may have tried to stop him. The bullet went through Sibson’s head and into Haag’s chest, KTVA reported.

“Victor has been part of our family. He called me mom,” Haag’s mother, Sheila Lopez, told KTVA. “Knowing my daughter, I would do the same thing, too. If someone was trying to kill them self, I would go and try to stop them, and I know that that's what she would do.” 

For a month, Lopez believed Sibson intentionally killed her daughter in an attempted murder-suicide. Investigators later told her that only one bullet shell casing was found at the scene. 

Sibson was not initially expected to survive the gunshot wound to his head.

“There was substantial doubt at the outset (that) Mr. Sibson would survive. He had an entry wound on the left side of his head, he had an exit wound on the top of his skull,” assistant district attorney James Fayette said, according to KTVA.

Lopez and Haag’s sister, Chelsea Hartman, said the couple was happy and that the two were high school sweethearts who had been together for six years. 

“I think a lot of it is still hard to grasp of how is it just one bullet, you know? And how does it go through one person and then the other person and kill the second person? It’s just not fair,” Hartman said.

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Sibson pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in Haag’s death. He appeared in court Tuesday with a helmet on his head. If convicted, he could face up to 99 years in prison, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Lopez said her anger over the loss of her daughter will never go away.

“(Suicide) affects a whole bunch of different families -- whoever’s around that person. Just get help,” she said.

According to Fayette, Sibson’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the shooting.

Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

A man with facial tattoos in the style of the Joker comic book villain and the green hair to match is accused of pointing a gun at cars Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade, Florida.

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WFOR-TV reported that police were called about a man flashing a gun at cars near SW 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard.

Police spotted and questioned Lawrence Sullivan, 29, who fit the description of the popular Batman nemesis. A police officer said he saw Sullivan walk from an apartment complex.

During a pat-down, the officer said he found a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber gun in Sullivan's pocket. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, WFOR-TV reported.

Sullivan had "Joker" tatted on his forehead and "Ha Ha Ha" scrawled under his eye.

Sullivan appeared in court Wednesday and a judge set his bail at $5,000.

WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.  

Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported.

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When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped to the ground and allowed the officers to handcuff him and get him back on his feet.  

Sierra tried to run away, while still in handcuffs, before being stopped by a jolt from a stun gun, WFOR reported. The shock sent the man flailing into the air, which led to a forceful, and likely painful, landing in the middle of the road.   

Sierra, who is sporting bloody facial wounds in his mugshot, was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Employee Fired for Allegedly Writing 'Cops' And 'Pigs' on Officer's Receipt

Employee Fired for Allegedly Writing 'Cops' And 'Pigs' on Officer's Receipt

Mama June Shannon shows off her slim new figure again in body-hugging red dress

After losing nearly 300 pounds in her recent weight loss journey, Mama June Shannon is loving her new figure. Shannon was all smiles as she appeared on the red carpet for the new WEtv series “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.”

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Shannon flaunted her newly slim physique in a figure-hugging red gown and completed the look with black heels, a bracelet and several rings on her fingers.

Viewers loved watching her weight loss journey on the WEtv show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot.” In the series, Shannon underwent gastric sleeve surgery and combined diet and working out to lose the weight. After slimming down, Shannon underwent breast augmentation and skin removal surgery to get rid of her “turkey neck,” “bat wings” and sagging stomach.

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She plans to keep the weight off by continuing the diet and regular exercise.

Shannon also admitted to worrying about weight of her daughters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon” and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, as they continue into adulthood.

“I do worry about their health, but I’m not going to say, ‘You got to eat salads all the time,’” she said of her daughters. Shannon is also mother to daughters Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon and Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, from whom she is estranged.

Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has removed a photo of herself and Ariana Grande from social media after an intense backlash over the posting, which was intended to show sympathy for the victims of the Manchester concert bombing and Grande, but instead caused a social media uproar.

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Kardashian posted the photo of herself and Grande having a good time and smiling at another concert event on Twitter and Instagram, with a caption that read, “Concerts are supposed to be a place where u can let loose & have fun. So scary to not feel safe in the world. @arianagrande I love you.”

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The pair are friends, but social media users questioned the use of the photo featuring a laughing Kardashian and a grinning Grande for a message about such a somber event.

The attack on the concert hall in Manchester Monday night as Grande was wrapping up her show killed 22 people and injured almost 60 others.

Obama's former White House photographer trolls Trumps for not holding hands

Former White House photographer Pete Souza trolled the Trumps after the hand-holding incident that was seen around the world by posting a photo with a simple caption on his Instagram page.

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On Monday, a video started circulating that showed first lady Melania Trump swatting away President Donald Trump’s hand when he tried to hold her hand as they were walking on the tarmac in Israel.

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Magic mushrooms are ‘safest drugs’ for recreational use, scientists say  

The hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms, are the “safest drugs” for recreational use, according to the annual Global Drug Survey.

The study, which surveyed more than 120,000 people in 50 countries, found that those using psychedelic mushrooms needed significantly fewer emergency medical visits than those using other drugs like cocaine, MDMA, LSD and even alcohol.

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“The rate is considerably lower than with LSD, presumably because of intrinsic safety of magic mushrooms (the greatest risk is picking the wrong type),” according to the survey.

The research scientists also found those using mushrooms were better prepared for drug use.

“People who use psychedelics are generally very sensible and show some of the best preparation and adoption of harm reduction practices of any drug,” according to the study.

However, the founder of the Global Drug Survey, Adam Winstock, told the Guardian that magic mushrooms are not without risks and can cause confusion or panic attacks. 

“Combined use with alcohol and use with risky, unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm, most commonly accidental injury, panic and short-lived confusion, disorientation and fears of losing one’s mind,” Winstock said.

People in Columbia, New Zealand, Norway and Mexico, respectively, were most likely to grow or pick their own mushrooms, according to the survey.

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Accused Florida rapist accidentally released from custody

A man accused of a 2012 rape in Miami was mistakenly released from custody, according to Miami-Dade police. 

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Randy Early, 51, somehow “slipped from custody” and was recaptured on Tuesday night by the Miami-Dade Sexual Predator Unit, NBC Miami reported. 

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Early faces charges of sexual battery, trespassing and strong-armed robbery in a 2012 attack on an elderly woman, according to NBC Miami. 

Early, who is mentally impaired, is listed as a patient at an assisted-living facility in Miami, according to court records.

According to WPLG, Early was living at the home in “a house-arrest capacity,” and he visited a hospital for “treatment for medical issues.” He was discharged Saturday from the hospital, but transport workers did not take him back to the assisted-living facility. They dropped him off somewhere else, WPLG reported.

The judge who was assigned to the case “was upset over how something like this could happen,” WPLG reported. 

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Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

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