Archive for April 20th, 2009

Father shot 19-year-old son

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, Louisiana |

Mamou, LA – A Mamou man has been arrested in the shooting death of his 19-year-old son. According to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Michael Scott Bushnell Jr. was found dead outside his Lanse Prien Noir Road home shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night. Michael Scott Bushnell Sr. has been charged with second degree murder and is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

Deborah Bushnell says she was on the phone with her son when he was allegedly shot and killed by her estranged husband.

“All I heard was my husband cock the 12 gauge shot gun, throw off a shot, then a second and then a third, then all I heard was dead silence,” said Bushnell.

Deborah Bushnell and her two younger children have been living in a shelter for domestic violence victims for several months. She says earlier Monday, her husband checked her younger son out of Mamou High School unplanned, and took him home and threatened him. When her husband was distracted, Bushnell says her younger son was able to escape to a neighbor’s home. Her eldest son Michael arrived home from work to his father’s house a short time later. She says her son called her asking her for help calming down his father when she heard gunshots. Deborah Bushnell says her son’s death is the culmination of years of abuse by her husband.

“I think he had planned to kill us all, because he had warned me time and time again if I didn’t come home something bad was going to happen,” said Bushnell.

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Arkansas Man Kills Self During Traffic Stop

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: Arkansas, suicide |

LOWELL, Ark. —  A northwest Arkansas man shot himself to death after a Lowell police officer pulled him over to investigate a domestic disturbance, police said.

Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers said that 36-year-old Richie Woods got into a fight with his estranged wife at a home outside of Lowell on Sunday. Woods left the home, and Lowell police were asked to locate him.

Sgt. Robert Jones pulled Woods over in a parking lot, and Woods shot himself in the head while sitting in his vehicle, police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Jones, who is on administrative leave, did not pull his gun until after he heard the shot, according to police. More on

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