06/12/2008

La. police rescue baby during fatal shooting

The Associated Press

MONROE, La. — A man shot and killed his estranged wife and her mother before killing himself Wednesday, police said.

Police officers rescued a 4-month-old boy from the home only moments before Bobby Brantley, 32, of Marion, shot and killed himself inside a home several blocks from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, according to Police Chief Ronald Schleuter.

Brantley apparently shot and killed his estranged wife, Theresa Brantley, 31, and her mother, Treeba Ryder, 55, before police were called to Ryder's home around noon.

Brantley also allegedly shot and wounded his estranged wife's father, Clinton Ryder, 60, who ran to a neighbor's home and called police. Clinton Ryder's facial wounds weren't considered life-threatening.

Three other children found refuge at a neighbor's home before police arrived at the Ryders' house.

Police had arrested Bobby Brantley only hours before the shooting outside the same residence early Wednesday and booked him for disturbing the peace, Schleuter said. He was freed on $200 bond later in the morning.

Theresa Brantley had obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband, but it wasn't in effect at the time of the shooting. She went to court earlier Wednesday to seek a new restraining order against him, Schleuter said.

The 4-month-old boy who was carried out of the house by a police officer is Theresa Brantley's nephew, according to Schleuter. Two of the other three children who escaped belonged to the Brantleys, the chief said. Schleuter didn't know whether the fourth child was related to the family.

ULM spokeswoman Laura Harris says campus police officers responded to the incident, but she didn't know of any connection between the school and the shooting.

 

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