What began as an investigation into a home invasion led to charges against the Louisiana couple, both members of the United States Air Force, for allegedly wounding the woman so she could get out of military duty.
Around 3:30 Friday morning, police in Bossier City, Louisiana responded to a home invasion call. When they arrived at the residence they found Judy Groomes, 25, suffering from gunshot wounds to both legs.
Groomes allegedly told officers someone broke into the home while her husband and children slept. After shooting her, the intruder fled out the back door. Groomes was taken to LSU Health Center in Shreveport where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The New York Daily News reports Groomes is a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force and is assigned to the 2nd Logistics Squadron Inbound Receiving Section. She was scheduled to be deployed to Southwest Asia sometime in the coming months.
Her husband, Christopher Groomes, 26, is also an Air Force staff sergeant and is assigned to the 548th Combat Training Squadron. The couple have been stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base for the past four years.
KLTV reports investigators found no signs of forced entry. After further questioning, they concluded Judy Groomes asked her husband to shoot her so she could avoid the upcoming overseas deployment. The investigation concluded she was shot once and a single bullet entered both legs.
Christopher Groomes was booked into the Bossier City Jail and faces of charge of illegal use of a weapon. Judy Groomes, who has been released from hospital, was issued a summons to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief and filing a false police report.
While the Air Force would not comment on the specifics of the case, the Shreveport Times reports the following statement was issued:
"The Air Force takes all allegations of misconduct against its airmen seriously. We are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and continue to work with local authorities during the investigation, but since the matter is ongoing, we cannot comment further on the police investigation."