Monday, October 24, 2011

Florida Man Shoots Wife in the Face - She Died

According to Thompson's arrest report, deputies arrived to find him leaning over the woman's body. When a deputy asked who shot the woman, he said he did.

The deputy found a gun and ammunition near the body, the arrest report states. The Sheriff's Office declined to name the victim, but it was clear from witnesses' statements that she was Thompson's wife, Bobbi Thompson.

The woman died in the driveway of Mark Belanger and Phyllis Hargraves, who live across the street from the Thompsons' backyard.

The day after the shooting, Belanger said he and Hargraves were watching television Friday night in their home at the corner of La Ventana Drive and La Ventana Court when they heard a gunshot outside. Moments later, someone was knocking on their door.

"When I opened the door, Jim said, 'Mark, call 911; I shot my wife,' "
The pro-gun crowd say you cannot predict when someone's going to crack up. Well, that may be true in some cases, but in many others I'll bet anger like this guy had has manifested itself in any number of discernable ways. Drug screening and mental health exams for all gun owners would probably cut down on the frequency of these things, don't you think?

Another thing they say is most gun violence happens in drug and gang related situations. This guy doesn't look like he fits that bill. And, in fact, some surveys and statistical evidence says it ain't so. Most gun violence happens in other than drug and gang situations and among people who are acquainted, like married couples, for example.

What's your opinion? Is Florida in any danger of losing the crown? I don't think so.

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1 comment:

  1. Certainly a shame, but there's still no overwhelming need to change one of our fundamental rights to 'correct' this sort of problem. These unfortunate cases do not call for precedent changes.

    Was he really nuts, or just a human who 'lost it'? We'll have to wait until the trial to see if it's considered premeditated or a crime of passion (2nd Degree).

    There was a story just out yesterday; a woman was arrested for killing her husband 20-something years ago with hot grease. Dunno about you, but I'd rather take a bullet... ;D