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Woman charged with shooting neighbor

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A judge has ruled enough evidence exists to send a woman, who shot at her neighbor during a confrontation over a disputed easement road between their rural North County properties, to trial.

Alyce Ann Copeland, 63, faces charges of premeditated attempted murder.

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Sheriff's officials said Copeland was sitting in a chair on the contested right-of-way in the 42200 block of Tenaja Truck Trail, blocking it, when 65-year-old Thomas Wessels and his wife drove up shortly before 5 p.m. on July 10.

The couple got out of their car and asked Copeland why she was obstructing the drive, which all three use to get to their homes, the sheriff's department reported. Following a brief exchange, Copeland allegedly reached into her waistband, pulled out a pistol and shot Wessels in the abdomen.

Wessels was in court recounting the incident.

"Next thing I know, she pulled out a gun and shot me. Then, I recall her shooting at my wife, but apparently the gun jammed for the second shot," said Wessels.

Copeland has been feuding with her neighbors for over a year.

Despite his wound, Wessels was able to wrest away the weapon and subdue Copeland by hitting her on the head with the butt of the gun, according to a sheriff's statement. His wife then drove him to a hospital.

Copeland was treated in an emergency room for a minor scalp injury before being booked into jail.

Copeland faces more than 28 years to life in prison if convicted.

[Some of the footage in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.]

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