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Police: Neighbor shoots, kills man who attacked ex-wife

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CENTERVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Hickman County man was killed after attacking his ex-wife with a hatchet, according to the TBI. 

William Taylor II allegedly entered his ex-wife's home on Kristin Drive in Centerville just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The 42-year-old man reportedly began hitting the victim with the hatchet. 

A neighbor said she had to shoot Taylor to save the victim from her ex-husband. 

Neighbors now have another concern: Taylor was wearing an ankle monitor meant to keep him away from his estranged ex-wife, but he was still able to get to his ex-wife's home and seriously injure her. 

"The system failed," says another neighbor, Michelle Powers.

"Somebody needs to figure out what happened. That's not safe at all."

Back in February, Taylor was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.

Hickman Co. Sheriff Randal Ward confirmed Taylor had an ankle monitor when he was released to ensure he didn't go near Kristin Drive. 

While she declined to speak on camera, we spoke with the neighbor that intervened in the dangerous domestic situation, saving a woman's life.

She says she watched Taylor pull up to the home of his ex-wife Tuesday night, and two of the couple's children ran outside screaming, "He's got her." 

The neighbor says she grabbed a gun from her glove box, and she and her husband ran inside the home, kicking in both a bedroom and bathroom door to find Taylor attacking his ex-wife with a hatchet. 

The neighbor says Taylor had his ex-wife by the hair, and she told him if he didn't stop, she was going to shoot. She fired a warning shot into the tub and when 

She continued attacking his ex-wife, she shot Taylor in the arm and leg before he dove out a back window. 

Taylor later died from those injuries. 

The neighbor says she didn't want the shots to kill Taylor but believes he would have murdered his ex-wife is she didn't act.

"She stepped up, and she did what she had to do," said Powers. "She saved a life. He would've killed her."

However, Powers says the monitor failing is very scary for the neighborhood.

"If there are other people who have these ankle monitors, and they're not working, they need to get under control," she says.

According to Sheriff Ward, his department was not notified by the monitor that Taylor was in the neighborhood, and an investigation is underway to determine what went wrong. 

As the ex-wife recovers at a hospital, Powers says she's in her thoughts.

"No woman should have to deal with that ever," she says. "Thankfully, someone was there to save her."

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