A pregnant woman in Florida was shot dead by her husband, who mistakenly thought she was an intruder. The husband heard a noise in the middle of the night and fired a single shot that killed his wife.
The man’s tragic mistake ended up costing his wife’s life, while their unborn baby is in critical condition.
According to the police report, the man woke up in the middle of the night and thought an intruder broke into their home.
Police officers were summoned to the family’s residence in Stuart, 40 miles northwest of Palm Beach, at around 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, the unidentified man and his other child were frantically crying for help in front of their house.
In an interview, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder claimed that the husband was awakened with strange noises in the middle of the night.
“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,” said Synder to WPBF-TV.
Before getting up, the man allegedly felt his pregnant wife beside him. Later on, it turned out that it was their dog. After reaching for his handgun, he went on to investigate and saw a person’s silhouette.
He fired one shot that hit the wife straight in the head. According to Fox News, when the police arrived, she was found near the bedroom with the handgun lying next to her body.
The wife, who was six months pregnant, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was eventually pronounced dead.
The doctors were able to save the unborn baby, but he’s still in critical condition.
Incident treated as suspicious death
On the other hand, while the cops believe that the accident was just a mistake, they are still investigating the case.
According to Snyder, it is still being treated as a suspicious death to make sure that there’s no foul play involved.
“Though we do have a good statement from him, we don’t take anything at face value and we’ll continue investigating, do all of the backgrounds. There’s a lot of investigative steps that we’ll take to make sure that he’s telling the truth,” said Snyder as quoted in NBC News.