Florida woman jailed for handing husband's guns to cops

Alyssa Marie Torres

State Rep. Anna Eskamani is calling on State Attorney Brian Haas to drop the case against the Florida woman who is facing felony burglary charges after she turned in her allegedly abusive husband's firearms to police. "We should be outraged by her arrest, and I am requesting that your office not prosecute her".

An arrest affidavit revealed the couple had finished a divorce hearing on that day when they got into an argument.

Lucie Police Department announced on Twitter that Alyssa Marie Torres, 29, had been taken into custody after allegedly fatally shooting her 7-year-old daughter and her stepfather and also injuring her mother.

Court records show that Taylor Irby sought an injunction for protection against domestic violence in January, arguing that Joseph Irby had committed or threatened to commit domestic violence against her.

Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself arrested for theft.

She cited research showing the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely a woman will be murdered. 'Prosecuting Ms. Irby sets a scary precedent that if someone seeks help to escape abuse, they will be punished for it'.

As Ms Eskamani pointed out in her letter, federal law might ban those with domestic violence convictions or restraining orders from possessing guns, but at the state level, there are loopholes that can prevent local law enforcement from enforcing the weapons restrictions.

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Eskamani filed a bill in the past legislative session seeking to expand authority to remove weapons from those convicted of a domestic violence offense.

"Yes, but he wasn't going to turn them in so I am doing it", she replied, according to the officer. Irby explained that her estranged husband had been arrested the previous day for "trying to run me over with his auto". "She was taking them to the police department for safekeeping", he said, according to HuffPost.

Carrasquillo said Torres also injured her mother.

After they arrested Courtney, police called Joseph at the Polk County jail.

Spokesmen for the Lakeland Police Department and the State Attorney's Office didn't immediately return requests for comment on Monday.

Taylor Irby would later tell police that this is when she chose to take matters into her own hands.

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