Florida Woman Arrested After Giving Husband's Guns to Police

The Herald also notes that the wife had obtained a restraining order against her husband.

Joseph Irby's pre-trial release order, granted June 15 by Judge Sharon Franklin, said he could not "carry any firearms, guns, weapons, ammunition or knives". According to her arrest report, she said she entered her husband's apartment through a locked door without his permission and took the guns to a police station. She was granted a temporary injunction at the time of Joseph's arrest. Many critical comments have been left on the Lakeland Police Department's Facebook page.

On Monday, Ms Eskamani shared the letter she sent to State Attorney Brian Haas on Twitter, saying: "Ms Irby was seeking help from the Lakeland Police Department and taking action to protect herself and her children".

"Well, he was arrested yesterday for trying to run me over with his auto and he is now in jail".

'So you're telling me you committed an armed burglary?' the officer asked her.

Though they didn't yet say what led to the shooting, "she appears to have acted alone", Port St. Lucie Sgt. Det.

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Both parents, who stress they were unaware their daughter had taken the doll, were detained but not arrested or taken to jail. Roc Nation also confirmed that they secured high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to join the family's legal team pro-bono.


Speaking at his June 15 bond hearing by telephone, Irby - who goes by her middle name - told a judge in Polk County, Florida, that she believed her estranged husband, 35-year-old Joseph Irby, was unsafe.

The Bartow Police Department arrested Joseph Irby on June 14 on charges of domestic violence-aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. She spent six days and five nights in jail before she was released late last week. Unfortunately, Courtney spent almost a week in jail.

"The case of Courtney Taylor Irby demonstrates once more the risky linkage between intimate partner violence and access to firearms".

Now a Florida lawmaker and gun safety advocates are championing her cause, asking a state attorney on Monday drop the charges, while gun rights advocates want her prosecuted.

"Theft is to deprive someone of the right or benefit of property", Shearer told HuffPost. "She didn't do either one of those".

Police said announced that she was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m., in the 7300 block of Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. "So I'm hopeful that the State Attorney will look at all the evidence but also keep in consideration how this is a system that has historically denied justice to survivors of domestic violence".

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