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Cheryl Hepner's Husband Charged in Tamarac Shooting Captured on iPhone

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Sheldon Hepner, the husband of Cheryl Hepner -- who's accused of shooting her son-in-law after he arrived at her Tamarac home to pick up his son -- has been charged as an accomplice in the December 7 shooting.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Sheldon Hepner lied to detectives, telling them he hadn't had a gun in his house in years.

The sheriff's office says Cheryl Hepner's brother admitted to detectives that he'd given the couple the gun for defense purposes a few weeks before the shooting.

Sheldon Hepner is currently in custody at a local hospital, according to the BSO.

Salvatore Miglino, 39, told the sheriff's office that when he arrived to the Hepners' home on December 7 to pick up his 3-year-old son, he started recording the video on his iPhone, expecting that some sort of confrontation might take place.

Cheryl Hepner told Miglino that his father-in-law wanted to speak to him inside the house, and Miglino can be heard on tape saying, "I can't do it right now."

A few seconds after that, she apparently pulled a gun out that she was hiding behind the pillow and fired three shots at Miglino, hitting him in the rib cage and the shoulder.

The sheriff's office says Miglino fell on top of her, and he yells, "I can't believe you did that. I can't believe you shot me."

After a brief scuffle on the ground, Miglino manages to get up and take off.

When Cheryl Hepner was asked for her version of events, she told investigators Miglino tried to shoot her, but she knocked the gun out of his hand and shot him instead -- despite the video not exactly depicting that.

Miglino is currently going through the process of a divorce from the Hepners' daughter, who had filed a domestic-violence claim against Miglino in 2009.

According to court documents, Miglino called his wife, claiming she had defaced his car. His wife's filing claims that he used the c-word on her a few times, and threatened to kill her.

Miglino filed for divorce a few weeks later, although according to the domestic-violence claim filed by his wife, they'd already discussed getting a divorce.

Despite other news reports claiming a "history" of domestic violence, that 2009 filing was the only one before the shooting.

The day after the shooting, both Cheryl Hepner and Miglino's estranged wife filed additional domestic-violence claims against him.

On the other hand, here's what happened on December 7:

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