DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a Detroit man who fatally shot a woman while trying to stop a dog that was attacking her has been charged.

Michael Lewis Williams (Booking photo)

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The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 61-year-old Michael Lewis Williams is charged with careless discharge of a weapon causing injury or death and is expected to be arraigned Friday.

Patricia Cosby, 55, was being mauled by a stray dog on Goodwin Street, near Holbrook Avenue and I-75, in October when Williams fired one shot in the direction of the dog, according to prosecutors.

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The dog ran away and Williams allegedly chased after it, firing two more shots. He then returned to find Cosby had been shot, prosecutors said. She later died at a hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, Williams, who has a concealed pistol license, said he was devastated and was just trying to protect Cosby.

Bond was set at $45,000/10 percent at an arraignment Friday afternoon in 36th District Court. A probable cause conference is scheduled for March 26 and a preliminary examination for April 2.

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