Florida woman jailed for handing husband's guns to cops

Alyssa Marie Torres

Alyssa Marie Torres

Police say a woman suspected of shooting and killing her 8-year-old daughter and stepfather overnight at an apartment complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is now under arrest. "Once we conduct a full review, we will be making decisions on whether to file charges".

Mrs Irby told officers she feared for her life during the confrontation and had requested restraining orders on Mr Irby in the past. He was arrested June 14 on domestic violence charges. Torres also attacked her mother Marisol Rivera, 53, who suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

On June 20, a Polk County judge released Courtney Irby on a $5,000 bail. She later went to his apartment and searched for the guns.

Taylor Irby would later tell police that this is when she made a decision to take matters into her own hands.

'Ms. Irby was seeking help from the Lakeland Police Department and taking action to protect herself and her children, ' Eskamani wrote. Irby, 32, was arrested on June 15 after showing up to the Lakeland Police Department with guns belonging to her husband, Joseph Irby, just one day after he was detained on a domestic battery charge for allegedly trying to run her over.

"She was literally asking for help", Eskamani later told The Washington Post.

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McClendon said she remembers Torres has being positive and upbeat.

"For this to happen and for them to say it's her, I can't wrap my head around it, what would push her to do this to her own family", McLendon told the outlet. Irby's vehicle allegedly was rear-ended by the vehicle of her husband, who was attempting to run her off the road while she was on the phone with police.

"Yes, I am", Irby replied, "but he wasn't going to turn them (the guns) in so I am doing so".

State Rep. Anna Eskamani was disturbed by the story and commented on how the situation demonstrates the need for a better understanding of domestic violence.

According to the affidavit, Joseph Irby swore at the arresting officer and called her a "man hater". Both Taylor and Joseph will return to court in mid-July for their arraignments. As of Monday afternoon, it had received $6,556, more than the original goal of $5,000. "She was always laughing at everything", said McClendon.

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