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Cops: John Tabutt, Florida Man, Mistook Fiancee for Robber, Shot and Killed Her 1 Day Before Wedding

Society & Culture  (tags: death, women, man shot, fiancee, accident )

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On the eve of his wedding, a Florida man heard a burglar in his home, grabbed a gun and opened fire. Tragically, the supposed intruder turned out to be his live-in fiancee - who died in front of him

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John R (56)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 2:00 pm
Yet another lesson; when will the gun lobby learn?

Gorilly Girl (339)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 2:07 pm
My goodness...such a tragedy....I have guns about 15 of them but I dont keep them loaded and I dont go checkin on things with them...Thats what my dogs are for....LOL

Big gOirlly Hugs

Alice C (1797)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 3:21 pm
guess the poor guy did not want to get married !

Alice C (1797)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 3:22 pm
sorry poor joke

Alice C (1797)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 3:24 pm
Is this how the term "Shot gun wedding " came to be?

John R (56)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 3:43 pm
Before opening fire didn't he wonder "Where is my partner?" since she obviously wasn't in bed with him? If I were the investigators I'd be looking very closely at this one. How's her insurance cover?

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 7:32 pm
Thanks Terry

Max M (32)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 5:23 am
ALICE DIANE, what a wonderful, sensitive and compassionate person you are. A real inspiration.

MmAway M (505)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 7:29 am
Thanks Terry! reading this article, I really want to know how much did this guy really love her? Maybe this is yet another cover up. How could he think she was in bed and she is out? That is very strange to me, think somethings extremely fishy here, I personally wouldn't want to be near that guy he just sounds NUTTY to me! Poor lady, but then again what was she doing out at 2:30am?

Did they have any friends that made any comments on how these two related and acted towards each other? Were their assets co-mingled? Or, just he just get cold feet? Strange not to yell out first...some States you have a right to shoot someone entering your house, personally, I like the alarm, golf club (5 iron) mace and an attack dog!

. (0)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 12:14 pm
This is so tragic, and must be heartbreaking for this man... my new neighbor comes out of exactly the same circumstances when they were staying out of town... Guns can be a curse for sure, and when owning one... one must think of the huge responsibility that goes with it

Susan D (116)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 2:57 pm
Just one more reason why it is a bad idea for folks to have guns. Guns kill. That is their purpose. So I can't see why a person wants one unless they do intend to kill either a person or an animal. Theres already enough damage done by cops with guns, never mind the public.

Elm M (357)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 3:25 pm
An absolute tragedy. Responsible gun ownership comes to mind here.

Merv Gillespie (30)
Sunday October 11, 2009, 9:50 pm
It's a very sad indictment on a society that members of it feel the need to be armed with guns of any description.
We in Australia had a past Prime Minister (John Howard) who was brave enough to face the gun lobby and take gun ownership away from all but registered owners who have to be licenced and have a valid reason to own one.
The many many thousands of firearms surrendered or confiscated were destroyed.
Regardless of the reasons behind this tragedy if he had not possessed a gun the poor lady would still be alive.
And I can't help thinking why would you not challenge an intruder and declare you are armed before just pulling the trigger.

mary f (202)
Monday October 12, 2009, 1:35 am
such a sad story

Jamie C (282)
Monday October 12, 2009, 10:48 am
The only reason you should have to fire on someone is if your life or your loved ones lives are in danger. Do not assume never assume.

Marilyn K (50)
Monday October 12, 2009, 8:37 pm
I know personally of a few instances where a gun in the home led to an accidental shooting. If every one can get a gun or a rifle, why do we need a police department? If this man heard an intruder in his home why didn't he hold off shooting and call 911. He had absolutely no knowledge if the intruder had a weapon, so why did he shoot? He could have called out a warning.

Thursday October 15, 2009, 12:12 pm
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