Monday, July 4, 2011

Old Shooter

A 73 year old Mormon man in Arizona shot his ex-wife, her attorney, several others and himself recently. The ex-wife had a restraining order against her ex-husband who in return got a restraining order against her too. There are several lessons to be learned from this shooting. The first thing that seems unusual is that the shooter was 73 years old. As the population ages we will see more incidents of older people committing crimes usually associated with younger suspects. If you or another innocent person is presented with a deadly threat, you need to take it seriously even the suspect is very old.

The suspect shot his ex-wife despite the fact that she had a restraining order against him. Restraining orders are almost worthless. The only value in a restraining order is the police can arrest he violator for no other crime if they can find him prior to an actual violent incident. This is rare. Really, a restraining order is a piece of paper in a file cabinet someplace and provides no actual protection. Not only is the restraining order of little or no value they can actually sometimes be an aggravation to suspect and tip them over the edge to violence.

In this case the suspect shot his ex-wife. He also shot her attorney that she used in their divorce. It may be a good idea if possible to warn family members and their attorney when these types of murders occur that they too could be at risk. Naturally, additional potential victims could be difficult to identify, but when a man kills his wife after a messy divorce, it is not unreasonable to assume that her attorney and perhaps even his maybe in danger until he is captured. Domestic disputes continue to be one of the most dangerous types of events we handle; that’s what the SGT Says.

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