Whenever a news story is being written about while it is still happening, or immediately after it happens, many times the whole story is not known. I think that has happened in this case. Usually though the main story will be correct.
Angela Dees, 38, had recently broken with her ex-boyfriend (some reports say ex-husband) Christopher Allen, 35. And even though the relationship had broken off, relatives say there was no indication of what was to come.
Angela Dees and her 15 year old son had been away from their home, returning at 6 am. When they arrived they found the ex, Christopher Allen in the home. Reportedly he had broken in.
Allegedly when the two confronted each other, Allen was holding a gun. Allen ordered the son to leave the home, but he refused. He wasn’t leaving without his mother. Allen allegedly shot him in the foot.
As the son made his way out of the home, he reportedly heard Allen threaten that everybody was going to die. He ran to the neighbors and police were called. And ambulance was called for the teen and he was transferred to the hospital. He is expected to recover from the foot injury.
As police were arriving, they heard gunshots and called in the SWAT team. After firing tear gas into the home, the SWAT team entered the home around 9:30 am. They found both Angela Dees and Christopher Allen shot in the head.
Both were transferred to the hospital with Angela Dees in extremely critical condition. Angela Dees was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Allen is reportedly in critical condition and reportedly was taken to surgery.
Allen is expected to survive. He has been arrested and will face murder charges.
Too many times there is little to no indication of the violence to follow. When I hear of a breakup, I usually advise people to use extreme caution until they know for sure how the other person is going to react. Though they may know the other person, though they may think they know how the person will react. Usually they do not have any experience with how they will react in a breakup, and reactions can vary at different times in their lives.
As always my thoughts go to the ones left behind or witnesses to the events. This time a 15 year old son. Sons will argue with their mothers. But they are also protective of them with others. Fifteen is that age where they are caught, between being a child and being a man.
He was faced with a gun and ordered to leave. He stood up for his mother, and refused. He did everything he could to save her. But after being shot, he had to leave. Few 15 year olds could stand up to an armed man like that. He has showed courage beyond his years.
Teens also feel a lot of guilt after times like this. Maybe that they should “be a man”, and wrestle the gun away like they show on TV. But this is reality, not TV. The only chance his mother had was for him to go get help. And he took that chance, he made the decision to leave and get help, and I admire him most for that. Because had he stayed likely he would have been killed also, and none of them would have had any chance.
Friends of Angela Dees said they knew Angela was in having trouble. She filed for and received a protective order Nov. 2. However, the restraining order was never served on Allen. Allegedly she did not list an address for him, and the officials did not know where to serve it.
In the application for the order she reportedly wrote “I woke up from a deep sleep with him questioning me about numbers in my cell phone. He punched me in my mouth with his fist…beating me in my back, sides and stomach with heavy force. He would not let me leave.” She said that happened on Oct. 26 th.
She had also asked that his weapon be taken from him. However the judge said they could not remove his weapon until after a hearing. That hearing of course will be canceled. It was scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving. And probably would have been canceled anyway as they had no way to serve him.
According to the judge who granted the order, they sometimes have an address in court records, but sometimes it is old.
And the judge had other things to say referring to protective order cases that end in violence: “It’s rare. I’ve had maybe two others in the four years I’ve been here,” “Out of the 4,000 a year that are filed, 75 percent of those work right off the bat.”
It’s rare for it to end in violence? He has “only” had two end in violence in 4 years. Only? And if 75 percent of 4,000 worked right off the bat, what happened to the other 1,000 cases? (4,000 x .25= 1,000)
And to go to court and get a protective order at the beginning of the month, and be told to come back toward the end of the month (if they live that long) and they will see about removing his gun?
If it is so rare, then why do so many men and women (and some children) end up dead due to domestic violence? Statistics are different for men and women. But women are more likely to die from domestic violence than any other crime.