Man accused of killing 3 after judge denies ex-wife’s request to have his guns taken away

An Alabama man is accused of shooting three people to death after a judge denied his ex-wife’s attempts to order him to surrender his weapons, according to The Decatur Daily.

The news outlet reported on Tuesday that police say Darwin Brazier, 43, of Ardmore, used a semi-automatic SKS rifle with a high-capacity magazine to shoot and kill his ex-wife and two other people before killing himself. 

In addition to killing Debra Ann Rivera, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said Brazier killed her husband, Radex Rivera, and their roommate, Timothy James Hayward-Boger.

The sheriff’s office told the news outlet that Brazier shot 30 high-powered rounds near the scene before leaving and later was found by a SWAT unit with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

{mosads}The report notes that Debra Rivera had twice attempted to get a judge to order Brazier to surrender his weapons because of alleged abuse. The requests were rejected both times. 

Her most recent attempt to get Brazier stripped of his guns came in March. She petitioned Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise for a protection-from-abuse order March 1, which was initially granted on a temporary basis. It was terminated on April 10, however.

“He calls my husband threatening to hurt both of us,” Debra Rivera wrote in a court filing. “(He) drives by my house all hours of day to check where I am. He is upset I am now married and don’t want to be with him. He has been physical in the past, pulled a gun on me. … I know he has anger toward me and in past has caused physical pain to me.” 


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