Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Florida Woman Arrested After Giving Husband's Guns to Police

Florida Woman Arrested After Giving Husband's Guns to Police

"We should be outraged by her arrest, and Irby should not be prosecuted by the local State Attorney's office", Eskamani wrote in a statement. He told police he wanted to press charges against his estranged wife. On June 14, the two were involved in a "verbal altercation" after a courthouse hearing for their pending divorce, according to Joseph Irby's arrest affidavit.

His wife, 32-year-old Courtney Irby, told investigators he had tried to run her over with a auto. Court records show that Irby applied for a temporary injunction against her husband and the two were in the process of a divorce.

The alleged victim on that last charge, Torres' mother Marisol Rivera, named her daughter as the shooter after police arrived at the Waterleaf Townhomes Apartments around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

John Morgan, a personal injury attorney, said in a tweet that his law firm would represent Irby for free.

Jacob Orr, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, said the office had received the letter from Eskamani.

She cited research showing the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely a woman will be murdered.

Eskamani is planning on sending a letter to Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas asking him not to pursue the charges brought against her.

"These loopholes are major contributors to the deadly relationship between domestic violence and firearms", Eskamani said.

"So, you are telling me you committed an armed burglary?" an officer inquired in turn.

The lawmaker said that prosecuting Ms. Irby "sets a scary precedent that if someone seeks help to escape abuse, they will be punished for it". Irby explained that her estranged husband had been arrested the previous day for "trying to run me over with his auto". Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, called it "horrific".

Mrs Irby told officers she feared for her life during the confrontation and had requested restraining orders on Mr Irby in the past.

Taylor Irby spent six days in the Polk County Jail before being released June 20 on $7,000 bond.

Irby's attorney, Lawrence Shearer, did not immediately return a request for comment; nor did Robert Peddy, Joseph Irby's lawyer.

Courtney Irby told police that she believed he wouldn't turn in his guns himself, so she took action.

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