I'm so glad to see that this young woman was able to survive her jealous and abusive ex-boyfriend! I'm putting this up since I just saw this, wanting to show that the list that we work on, We Remember, does not accurately show the amount of Domestic Violence going on! Those are the ones that unfortunately didn't make it, yet, there are many that survive their attacks and their abusive situations.
I don't ever want to forget those that have lost their lives to Domestic Violence, and I pray that those of us that survived it realize how blessed we are for getting through! We are the ones that can truly do something about the Domestic Violence in our areas. Those of us that have survived yet can safely speak out should do so! Those that aren't safe can do things behind the lines. Everything and everyone is needed!
I didn't mean this to become a call of action, yet, that's what this rant has become. I'm not sorry! We need to be the solution!
Man Shoots Himself After 14-Hour Police Standoff
August 8, 2004
DALLAS, Ga. (AP) -- A Paulding County man who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend turned the gun on himself early Sunday after holing up in her house for 14 hours in a standoff with police.
Authorities said Michael Todd Ray, 34, went to see his ex-girlfriend at her home Saturday morning and shot her in the stomach after seeing her with a new boyfriend. The ex-girlfriend fled to a neighbor's house for help, while her boyfriend jumped out a window.
Ray remained in the house as Paulding sheriff's deputies, SWAT team members and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrived, prompting a 14-hour standoff that ended when Ray shot himself in the head.
"He's still alive," Paulding County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Sammy Goble said early Sunday, as deputies prepared to airlift Ray to the hospital.
After shooting tear gas into the house several times, authorities sent in a motion-detecting robot, which found Ray with the head wound around 12:30 a.m.
The ex-girlfriend, who was listed in fair condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, apparently had feared her ex-boyfriend, claiming Ray stalked her and bugged her house with audio and video equipment, authorities said.
"He's a very jealous person, and she had her current boyfriend with her at the time," Goble said.