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    Exclamation LA-Woman sues cops, claims they were the reason she shot her boyfriend.

    Why is this woman being charged?

    Sounds like a pretty clear cut case of self defense.

    Woman claims Youngsville police responsible for boyfriend’s death

    LAFAYETTE — A defendant in an upcoming manslaughter trial has sued the Youngsville Police Department, its chief and others, claiming officers did little to protect her from the violent boyfriend she’s accused of killing in summer 2012.

    Tammy Romero, 42, alleges in a suit filed in U.S. District Court that Youngsville police are responsible for Victor Wirtz’s death on July 23, 2012, because they failed to prevent him from abusing her.

    Romero states Youngsville police pursued a murder charge against her to shield themselves from responsibility in the death of Wirtz, who was 45 when police found him dead from a single gunshot wound in a bathroom at Romero’s Fourth Street home in Youngsville.

    Youngsville police initially booked Romero into jail on one count of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence with no parole.

    A grand jury Oct. 31, 2012, decided a more appropriate charge against Romero would be manslaughter, which carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

    The lawsuit claims police blamed Romero for Wirtz’s death “in an effort to divert attention from their failure to prevent the violence that occurred, their failure to protect (Romero) from domestic abuse and their responsibility for the death of Mr. Wirtz.”

    Romero’s manslaughter trial in state district court, meanwhile, is scheduled to start on Feb. 10 in Lafayette.

    Police found Wirtz dead on a bathroom floor with a bullet wound in his chest. The handgun used to kill him was found on a night stand, according to the affidavit.

    Romero told police Wirtz had violated a restraining order by showing up at the home that night and that she was trying to call police when Wirtz grabbed her cellphone. The two wrestled over the phone when “she obtained the ... loaded pistol from inside the night stand ...,” states the affidavit, written by Youngsville Detective Scott Bernard.

    Wirtz then grabbed her right hand, which held the handgun, and she pulled the trigger.

    “(Romero said) she did not mean to shoot the victim but admitted to willfully pulling the pistol’s trigger,” the affidavit states.

    Romero is suing police Chief Earl Menard and four individual officers along with the city of Youngsville and its insurance carriers.

    The suit outlines six violations Romero said Youngsville police committed, including a claim that women are treated poorly and defended poorly when they make complaints about domestic violence.

    The suit also claims Youngsville violated the Louisiana Protection from Family Violence Act when they failed to prevent Wirtz from hurting Romero, failed to help her get medical treatment and when officers didn’t label Wirtz a “predominant aggressor” or arrest him.

    “(Menard) condoned ‘business as usual’ way of handling domestic abuse cases rather than stressing the enforcement of laws to protect the victims of domestic abuse ...,” according to the suit. She is seeking damages for alleged physical and emotional pain and suffering, and for expenses tied to the ordeal including attorney fees.

    Menard’s office said he was unavailable for comment Friday.

    Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator said he knew little about the case and couldn’t comment on it. Edwin Preis Jr., attorney for Romero in the lawsuit, did not return a message seeking comment.
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 01-03-2014 at 07:54 PM.
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    Why on Earth was she charged at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
    Why on Earth was she charged at all?
    in 3...2...1.... 'Cause $#@! you that's why
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    Good lawyer. Hold off on the trial. There might be precedent.

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    I think there's more to this story.

    Police have identified the person that died after a late night shooting in Youngsville.

    On July 23rd at approximately 11:33 pm, Youngsville Police responded to 102 Cedar Hills for a domestic disturbance involving a firearm.

    The disturbance was between the home owner, Tammy Romero and her roommate, Victor Wirtz. The disturbance was physical and led to Romero attempting to use her phone to call 911. Wirtz grabbed the phone as Romero retrieved a hand gun from a nearby drawer. Wirtz was shot from a single round fired by Romero. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Romero was charged with 2nd degree murder and booked into LPCC.

    Youngsville Police say there was a shooting on Cedar Hills Rd. Youngsville police say a man and a woman both living at the house, got into a fight. Authorities say the woman got a gun, and as the man approached her, she allegedly pulled the trigger. Investigators say the man was transported to a local hospital where he later died. We're still gathering information and we'll pass it along to you as it becomes available.

    A Lafayette grand jury has indicted a Youngsville woman on manslaughter charges for the death of her on again, off again boyfriend. Tammy Romero is accused of shooting and killing Victor Wirtz during a fight in his home on July 23. Romero, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, filed a restraining order against Wirtz in June 2011, but it was rescinded three weeks later at her request.

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    She "feared for her life."

    There were no other witnesses or video.

    She should get two weeks payed vacation while her family investigates to see if there is any wrongdoing.

    If her family decides there is no wrongdoing then there should be no criminal charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    She "feared for her life."

    There were no other witnesses or video.

    She should get two weeks payed vacation while her family investigates to see if there is any wrongdoing.

    If her family decides there is no wrongdoing then there should be no criminal charges.
    SOP.................Isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    SOP.................Isn't it?
    That's the way I see it.

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    Did this heathen woman have the temerity to possess and use a firearm without the requisite tin shield?

    More importantly how exactly was the dead guy related to some member of the ruling or enforcement class?

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