BCPD: Husband shot wife to help her avoid military duty
Christopher T. Groomes, 26 (Source: Bossier City Police Department)
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
Bossier City police arrested a man on a weapons charge Friday after an investigation found that he shot his wife after she talked him into it so that she could avoid military service. The man's wife also faces a criminal charge for filing a false police report about the incident.
Police arrested Staff Sgt. Christopher Groomes, 26, on a charge of illegal use of a weapon and issued his wife, Staff Sgt. Judy Groomes, 25, a summons on a charge of criminal mischief in connection with the shooting that left her with gunshot wounds to her legs.
Judy Groomes is with the 2nd Logistics Squadron Inbound Receiving Section here, and Christopher Groomes is assigned to the 548th Combat Training Squadron. Both Airmen have been at Barksdale for nearly four years.
Police and fire department personnel were called to the couple's home in the 1100 block of Clarence Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. in reference to a shooting.
Judy Groomes initially told police that she was shot by an armed intruder who confronted her inside her home while her husband and their two small children were asleep. She reported the suspect then fled out the back door on foot. Bossier City Fire Department personnel took Judy Groomes to LSU Health Center in Shreveport for treatment of her wounds which were determined to be non-life threatening.
After questioning, detectives determined Judy Groomes had her husband shoot her so that she could avoid deployment. She was scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia in the coming months, according to a statement from Barksdale.
The investigation found Christopher Groomes fired one round that wounded his wife in both legs. He was booked into the Bossier City Jail on the weapons charge. Judy Groomes has since been released from the hospital.
Barksdale Air Force Base released a statement early Friday afternoon saying the Air Force takes all allegations of misconduct against its Airmen seriously and that they are cooperating with local law enforcement during the investigation.
The following is a statement from the 2nd Bomb Wing regarding the Clarence Street shooting: The Air Force takes all allegations of misconduct against its Airmen seriously. We are cooperating fullyMore>>