Man Mistakes Pregnant Wife For An Intruder, Shoots And Kills Her: "My Life Is Over"

Man Mistakes Pregnant Wife For An Intruder, Shoots And Kills Her: "My Life Is Over"

While the woman did not make it, the doctors were able to save the baby.

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Trigger warning: This story contains details of shooting that readers may find disturbing. 

In an incident that can only be described as a grave accident, a man from Florida shot his pregnant wife because he mistook her for a home intruder, as per PEOPLE. On Wednesday night, the man woke up to a noise at about 1:30 am. He first reached out to see if his pregnant wife was beside him and once he confirmed that for himself, he reached for his gun. He then shot at the figure he saw, failing to realize that she'd gotten out of the bed, as per PEOPLE. The bullet had injured her fatally by then. "Help me please, help me!" the man shouted as he held the couple's son, when an officer arrived after his 911 call, states a police report obtained by PEOPLE. "I just shot my wife. My life is over."




“This is a nightmare case,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told news outlets, according to Tampa Bay Times. “You know somebody who thinks he’s defending his home, actually shoots his wife.” The woman, whose name has been withheld, was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. “He gave us a pretty in-depth statement, in which he said that he awoke in the middle of the night, thought he heard somebody in the house, went to investigate with a handgun, saw a shape in the hallway and fired one round and unfortunately, it turned out to be his wife,” Snyder said. According to reports, the shape the man felt beside him on the bed turned out to be the family dog.




Though the woman did not make it, the doctors were able to save the baby. The agency is conducting an investigation. “So, though we do have a good statement from him, we don’t take anything to face value and we’ll continue investigating through all backgrounds; there’s a lot of investigative steps that we’ll have to make sure that he’s telling the truth,” said Snyder. He then offered a warning to people who have guns in their homes. “When you have a home where you have family members, you have to be even more careful and wait that extra second and do everything you can to make sure you know what you’re dealing with when you’re about to use deadly force,” Snyder said.





While this case was an accident, one man shot his wife and two sons for allegedly being too loud when he had a headache, as we reported earlier. James Webb, 57, used his medical emergency alert device to call 911 and alert the police about the crime he committed. According to Daily Mail, Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez said that Webb was arrested by police officers in September, outside of the Rosemont at Ash Creek Apartments. An arrest affidavit states that Webb woke up around 10 am the day of the murder and he got into an argument with his wife regarding the noise levels in the house.




He allegedly had a headache and the loud noises from the rest of his family weren't helping his case. During the argument, Webb drew his handgun and shot his wife twice. He then shot and killed both his children. Webb allegedly said that he was "tired of all of the victims yelling and telling him that there was nothing wrong with him, so he shot them." He then waited an hour to alert the police through his emergency medical device. The alarm company reported it had received a call "from a man who claimed he had shot his family." Webb was booked into the Dallas County jail on a capital murder charge and has been ordered to be held on a $3 million bond.




The wife and her children have been described as friendly by neighbors. Chanel Lockhart, who lives across the hall, said: “Last time I saw her, she was getting groceries out of the car and the boys were helping her. You would never think that he would do that. And she had a heart. She was so sweet to everybody”. Lockhart added, “You’d never think that one day he would call and say he killed his kids.” Justice Johnson, also a neighbor, spoke highly of the family. “I’ve been knowing them for two years, going with their mama to the grocery store, helping with groceries, getting on the school bus,” she said at the time. 







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