An ‘highly agitated’ man made a call to 911 in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, 4 November 2020.
According to NBC, when officers arrived, the man was standing outside the home with the couple’s other child yelling for help. He told police that he had shot his wife by accident and his “life is over,” the report states.
The wife was found inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun with an attached light that was turned on was found next to her and another handgun was located on a dresser in the couple’s bedroom, according to the report.
An ambulance rushed the wife to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office told local station WPBF in Tequesta that the wife was six months pregnant and doctors were able to save the baby. The baby is in a critical condition in hospital.
Sheriff William Snyder said that the husband said he woke up in the middle of the night, thought he heard an intruder in the home and grabbed his firearm to investigate. The man, who said he didn’t realize his wife had gotten up, saw a shape in the hallway and fired a single shot, the sheriff said.
Snyder said there is no indication that the shooting was more than just a mistake, but it is still being treated as a suspicious death.
“Though we do have a good statement from him, we don’t take anything at face value and we’ll continue investigating, do all of the backgrounds. There’s a lot of investigative steps that we’ll take to make sure that he’s telling the truth,” he told news media.
Even though the couple have not been identified by the media, public records indicate that the property is owned by Rupp Marine LLC, a business that specializes in sport fishing and marine hardware. The homeowners are listed via public record, and it is believed the husband may be Alex Rupp.
We have chosen not to identify the wife in line with Marsy’s Law, which protects the identities of victims of a crime.
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The family released an obituary for Nicole, and in it, they revealed that the baby had also passed away. The baby was named Savannah.