An Arkansas woman was hit in the face with a crossbow arrow Monday by a man whom she claimed was stealing her property, police said.

Janet Partain said she was confronting 34-year-old Joseph Avellino at his Wynne, Ark., home. An argument escalated and he allegedly fired a crossbow arrow at her 14-year-old son and 15-year nephews who were with her, she said. Partain was pierced in the face with the arrow after pushing the teens out of the line of fire, according to reports.

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“I think I was in shock because once I got hit, I said, ‘I can’t believe you almost shot that kid,’” Partain told WREG-TV of Memphis, Tenn.

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When local authorities arrived at Avellino’s home around 6:20 p.m., Partain had already left for the hospital, with the arrow piercing the left side of her face and protruding out the back of her head, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

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Avellino was arrested on first-degree battery and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to a news release from the Cross County Sheriff’s Office. Online records indicate he was being held at Cross County Jail.

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Doctors were reportedly able to remove the arrow from Partain’s face and she remained in the hospital through Tuesday to recover.

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Capt. Jeff Nichols said it “was an odd sight to see someone with an arrow in their face and they’re still conscious and talking to me.”

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