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‘It was only a matter of time,’ says daughter of woman who allegedly shot Gregg County JP

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An East Texas woman accused of shooting her husband, a Gregg County Justice of the Peace officer has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility.

Ina Lawson was arrested Saturday night after she called 911 and told officials she shot her husband, Sam Lawson.

Lawson was released on bond from the Gregg County jail on Tuesday.

Sam Lawson is still being treated at an East Texas hospital and is listed in good condition.

The couple's daughter, Debbie Drayden says the shooting stemmed from her mother's mental illness, not domestic violence.

"I had repeatedly asked the police department, Good Shepherd Hospital, Longview Behavioral Health to please place my mom and get her the attention that she needs. Each time that I did, they released her and said there was nothing wrong with my mom."

Drayden says her mother is sometimes delusional and paranoid. She says she knew her father left a loaded gun in her mother's home.

"They allowed her to sit at home with a loaded weapon in the mental condition that she was in and it was just a matter of time before this happened."

Drayden says she asked officials to remove the gun from the home and told them her mother was unstable in a previous report, "I said if my mom was allowed to go home that she would kill herself or hurt others because she was still a danger to herself and others. So six months later my mom shot my dad."

The Longview Police Department says right now they have no comment on the shooting or the incidents leading up to it.

Drayden says her mom is now voluntarily at a Longview care facility, "It makes me feel better, she's in a safe place and she's going to get the help that she needs."

But Drayden won't be leaving Longview silently, "I'm going to continue to voice my concerns and my complaints. I need to understand why this was allowed to happen when it didn't need to happen."

She wants to make sure incidents like this shooting don't happen again.

"Other people that are in my situation should be able to get the help and support when they reach out to local officials about their concerns," Drayden says.

One way she plans to reach out to others is through peaceful protests throughout Longview during the month of April.

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