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Life coach accused of holding ex-boyfriend hostage, shooting him

11:41 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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PARKER (KUSA) -- She's a life coach accused of trying to take a man's life.

Wendy Brown is due in Douglas County court Thursday on charges she held her ex-boyfriend hostage at gunpoint before shooting him in the back on New Year's Eve.

Jerry Diesel, 65, sent 9Wants to Know a newstip and agreed to share his story, because he wants to let others know domestic violence against men is real.

He has the bullet wounds to prove it.

"I'm thinking to myself, 'oh man this ain't like TV at all. This is real,'" Diesel said.

On New Year's Eve, Diesel agreed to do some handy work for his ex-fiancée Wendy Brown.

"She was very flamboyant," Diesel said.

He says they'd been "on-and-off" for several years. Brown calls herself "The Image Lady" and claims to be a life coach for the rich and famous.

Diesel's friends and family suspected trouble.

"You listen to your heart instead of your common sense," Diesel said.

Diesel would come over and help Brown around the house, even after their relationship ended. He says things took a dangerous turn on New Year's Eve.

"She said 'I want money.' I said 'I'm sorry but I'm not coughing up money,'" Diesel said.

That's when he says the conversation ended and the nightmare began.

"She opened the drawer and pulled out a .38 caliber. For approximately 35 minutes or so she held me hostage at gunpoint," Diesel said.

He says Brown ordered him to pray.

"I cried. I didn't cry when my dad gave me a whopping. But did I cry? Yes, I cried," Diesel said.

Diesel eventually asked to go to the bathroom, thinking he may have a chance to escape.

The bullet from Brown's gun hit him in the back as he walked down the hallway, missing his heart by two centimeters.

"And then I fell," Diesel said.

As Diesel lay bleeding, Brown picked up his cell phone.

"[She] told the police that she had just shot an intruder," Diesel said.

Officers quickly pieced together what really happened, charging Brown with 10 felonies.

"I do not hate this woman," Diesel said. "I feel betrayed."

Diesel is recovering from a shattered rib and partially collapsed lung. He says what hurts even more is the shame of being a tough guy, who became a victim of domestic violence.

"[I felt] helpless, totally helpless," Diesel said.

Experts consider domestic violence against men to be among the most widely underreported crimes and Diesel feels there are few resources available to him as a victim.

He wants to use this experience to speak to other men.

9NEWS put in a request with the Douglas County jail to interview Wendy Brown and we are still waiting to hear back.

Brown being held on $250,000 bond.

Will Ripley, KUSA

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