A former Alabama cop who dragged his wife out of a bar and gunned her down in 2019 used a weapon that authorities had taken away — and then returned — after he shot and injured her 9 months prior, a report stated Friday.
Officials gave Jason McIntosh the firearm again two weeks earlier than the lethal Nov. 30, 2019 home incident, according to NBC News.
The reversal got here regardless of pending home violence prices towards McIntosh, and an lively safety order from his estranged wife, Megan Montgomery, the report stated.
McIntosh, 46, pleaded responsible to homicide in March and was sentenced a month later to 30 years behind bars in a deal that prevented the demise penalty.
Authorities stated that McIntosh frog-marched 31-year-old Montgomery out of a bar in Mountain Brook and drove her to a car parking zone the place he beat and shot her.
The deadly incident was not the primary time that McIntosh had shot his wife.
In February of 2019, Montgomery was reportedly rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound in her arm, telling docs, “he shot me.”
McIntosh resigned from the Hoover Police Department following the incident, and Montgomery declined to file prices. The two have been wrestling over his handgun, and investigators discovered Montgomery to be the aggressor, AL.com reported.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Special Agent Vince Cunningham interviewed Montgomery, who informed him “she was afraid,” in response to the report filed by the group and obtained by NBC.
Cunningham took McIntosh’s gun as proof and Montgomery filed a restraining order.
Then, on May 5, police responded to a violent home dispute that left Montgomery with damaged ribs and arrested McIntosh, in response to the report.
By the autumn, Montgomery had moved out and filed for divorce.
Meanwhile, McIntosh was repeatedly texting Cunningham to ask for his gun again for a brand new non-public safety job — and the agent obliged, the article stated.
The Montgomery’s household’s “worst fears” have been quickly realized, as McIntosh used the returned weapon to kill her 16 days later.
“We talked to her about it,” her mom Susann Montgomery-Clark informed NBC about McIntosh’s violent mood, “but we didn’t know how bad it was.”
“So the restraining order can prohibit him from ‘contacting, phoning, texting, harassing, stalking,’ but oh by the way, you can have a gun? That’s ridiculous,” stated Montgomery-Clark reportedly stated.
“She knew if she left [him], she would be killed.”
McIntosh’s personal lawyer expressed shock to the information community that he obtained his weapon returned.
“In my opinion it was irrational, illogical and not prudent to do so,” lawyer Tommy Spina informed NBC.
Without the gun, “I don’t think what happened that night would have happened that night,” Spina reportedly stated.
Missing from the ALEA abstract was a 13-minute recording between the couple that Montgomery’s lawyer submitted the place McIntosh spoke about his urge to beat his wife to demise with a tennis racket and stand over her physique saying “laugh now, bitch,” the article stated.
In a press release to the community, Alabama’s prime regulation enforcement company defended its actions.
“The gun was Mr. McIntosh’s personal property, the investigation was closed, and ALEA had no legal justification for keeping his private property. Additionally, the restraining order did not restrict Mr. McIntosh’s access to firearms. If the gun had been a department issued service weapon, ALEA would have returned it to the department.”
However, Alabama regulation reportedly says no individual “who is subject to a valid protection order for domestic abuse … shall own a firearm or have one in his or her possession or under his or her control.”
A nationwide anti-gun violence advocate stated most states don’t observe abusers and take their weapons, in response to the report.
“The laws say this person shouldn’t have a gun period,” Lindsay Nichols, federal coverage director on the Giffords Law Center informed NBC.
Domestic abusers who’ve entry to weapons are 5 instances extra prone to shoot and kill their companions, in response to research funded by the Department of Justice.
In 2019, 964 girls have been shot and killed by home companions within the US, which was nearly 5 instances greater than the quantity of those who died in mass shootings that yr, the report stated.