Texas man fatally shot wife after she filed domestic violence charges against him

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A Houston-area Navy recruiter fatally shot his wife with a handgun while she was filing a domestic violence complaint against him. NBC News Reports. Takara Hightower, 34, was speaking to two investigators on September 22 when Gregory Hightower, 37, pulled out a pistol and started shooting at them. When she tried to run out of the house while holding her baby, he also shot her, killing her and leaving the child alive.

Gregory shot and injured one of the two Naval Criminal Investigation Service agents who had been speaking to his wife, and both fired back, hitting him in the stomach. In addition to the infant, the couple’s 3-year-old was also in their home at the time. Gregory fled the scene after being shot in the stomach and escaped in his car, after which deputies shot and killed him three hours later.

Police had “previously responded to the residence as part of a ‘home prevention call for both parties who have claimed to have harmed one another,'” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland the naval times.

A Everytown for Gun Safety Study found that domestic abusers who own firearms are five times more likely to kill their partners, and approximately 70 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner each month. Domestic abusers are also extremely dangerous to the public: Fully two-thirds of mass shootings in America are linked to domestic violence.

The situation is particularly dire in Texas, where illicit carry is legal and where more than 90 percent of women murdered by men “are killed by someone they know as a friend, husband, former relationship, or stalker.” according to Texas Gun Sense.

Unfortunately, it is fairly easy for perpetrators to portray themselves as victims of domestic violence incidents. A 2015 study by the National Domestic Violence Hotline found that 24 percent of women who called the police to report intimate partner violence were then themselves arrested or threatened with arrest, which certainly has a deterrent effect on reporting.

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Adam Bradshaw

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