Frightened by a noise in the garage, Okeechobee woman, 77, accidentally shoots husband, 76

A 77-year-old woman accidentally shot her 76-year-old husband Thursday afternoon when she was frightened by a noise in the garage of their Taylor Creek Isles home.

Sheriff Paul May said Friday morning, Aug. 5, the man was struck once in the chest by a .38 caliber bullet. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The names of the husband and wife were not released and the woman has not been arrested.

Ironically, the first two Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) deputies to enter the front door of the S.E. 23rd Avenue home were Yero Todman and Jose Garduno. Those were the same two deputies who were involved in last week’s shooting of an Okeechobee man who had just killed his wife.

When the deputies entered the elderly man and wife’s home shortly after 2 p.m. on Aug. 4 they found the woman standing before them with the .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in her hand. The gun was pointed at the floor.

The deputies asked her to put the gun down and she did as she was instructed.

The victim was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce.

Sheriff May said the incident is still under investigation. OCSO Detective Howard Pickering is the lead investigator.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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