Plot to avoid deployment leaves couple facing criminal charges

Bossier City, La. (KTBS) - Bossier City police have arrested a man on a weapons charge after an investigation found that he shot his wife after she talked him into it so that she could avoid military service. The man's wife also faces a criminal charge for filing a false police report about the incident.

Police arrested Christopher Tyquan Groomes, 26, on a charge of illegal use of a weapon and issued his wife, Judy Groomes, 25, a summons on a charge of criminal mischief in connection with the shooting that left her with gunshot wounds to her legs.

Police and fire department personnel were called to the couple's home in the 1100 block of Clarence Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. in reference to a shooting. Judy Groomes initially told police that she was shot by an armed intruder who confronted her inside her home while her husband and their two small children were asleep. She reported the suspect then fled out the back door on foot. Bossier City Fire Department personnel took Judy Groomes to LSU Health Center in Shreveport for treatment of her wounds which were determined to be non-life threatening.

Upon further investigation detectives determined Judy Groomes had her husband shoot her so that she could avoid deployment as an active member of the United States Air Force. The investigation found Christopher Groomes, who is also an active member of the U.S. Air Force, fired one round that wounded his wife in both legs. He was subsequently booked into the Bossier City Jail on the weapons charge. Judy Groomes has since been released from the hospital.


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