Florida man shoots, kills pregnant wife he thought was intruder

Florida detectives are investigating how a man woke up in the middle of the night and accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife.”About 1 a.m., we received a call here into out 911 communications center, where a male caller very frantically said on the phone he had accidentally shot his wife,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. Detectives responded to a home in the Rocky Point area, where they found a woman in grave condition from a gunshot wound. She was taken 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.The victim was six months pregnant. The sheriff’s office confirmed late Wednesday doctors were able to save the unborn baby. A 2-year-old child was present in the home and was unharmed.The sheriff said there is no indication that this is more than a tragic mistake since, from what they have learned, the couple had a good relationship and there has never been a call to the house for domestic violence or other problems.”This is a nightmare case,” said Snyder. “You know somebody who thinks he’s defending his home, actually shoots his wife.”However, they are treating this, as in all gunshot deaths, as a suspicious death.”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.Detectives were back at the scene with crime scene investigators Wednesday night to conduct more forensic tests, including looking at how dark it was it the hallway where the wife was shot.The sheriff warned that when you keep guns in your home, you have to be careful, cautious and aware.”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. Detectives are awaiting autopsy results. The names of the couple have not been released, due to Marsy’s Law, which is designed to protect victims of crime.A woman who answered the phone at the husband’s family business said they had no comment.

Florida detectives are investigating how a man woke up in the middle of the night and accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife.

“About 1 a.m., we received a call here into out 911 communications center, where a male caller very frantically said on the phone he had accidentally shot his wife,” said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

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Detectives responded to a home in the Rocky Point area, where they found a woman in grave condition from a gunshot wound. She was taken 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.

The victim was six months pregnant. The sheriff’s office confirmed late Wednesday doctors were able to save the unborn baby. A 2-year-old child was present in the home and was unharmed.

The sheriff said there is no indication that this is more than a tragic mistake since, from what they have learned, the couple had a good relationship and there has never been a call to the house for domestic violence or other problems.

“This is a nightmare case,” said Snyder. “You know somebody who thinks he’s defending his home, actually shoots his wife.”

However, they are treating this, as in all gunshot deaths, as a suspicious death.

“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.

Detectives were back at the scene with crime scene investigators Wednesday night to conduct more forensic tests, including looking at how dark it was it the hallway where the wife was shot.

The sheriff warned that when you keep guns in your home, you have to be careful, cautious and aware.

“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.

Detectives are awaiting autopsy results.

The names of the couple have not been released, due to Marsy’s Law, which is designed to protect victims of crime.

A woman who answered the phone at the husband’s family business said they had no comment.