Sheriff officials said that a Florida man believed he heard an intruder outside his bedroom door shot his pregnant wife, killing him.
The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. when the woman’s husband heard a noise outside the bedroom door of their Stuart home, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told the media.
The man told the interrogators that he had not realized that his wife was not in the room. Snyder said he called 911 frantically and told the senders that he had accidentally shot his wife.
The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“He gave us a very deep statement, in which he said he woke up in the middle of the night, and thought he heard someone in the house, went to investigate with a gun, saw a shape in the hallway and fired a single bullet and said, Snyder said, ‘Unfortunately, it turns out it’s his wife.
The woman was six months pregnant, and doctors were able to save the baby, according to the WPBF report.
Representatives said that a two-year-old was in the house when the shooting occurred. The agency cited a Marcian law not to reveal the name of the woman or her husband. The law, which voters approved, aims to protect crime victims.
“This is a nightmare case,” said Snyder. “You know someone who thinks he’s defending his house, is actually shooting his wife.”
The agency is conducting an investigation.
“So, even though we got a good pass from him, we are not taking anything for face value and will continue to investigate through all backgrounds; there are a lot of investigative steps that we will have to make sure he is telling the truth,” Snyder said.
Snyder gave a warning to people who have guns in their homes.
“When you have a home with family members, you have to be extra careful and wait for that extra second and do everything in your power to make sure you know what you’re dealing with when you’re about to use lethal force,” said Snyder.