Above: Gary Roberts (left) and Elizabeth Roberts (right)
New details continue to evolve in a Hancock County murder case.
The Prosecutor’s Office says the woman who shot her husband, won’t face charges, after defusing what could have been a bloody and deadly assault on police.
Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Griffin, released a five page report on what led up to his decision not to charge Elizabeth Roberts.
In it, some very chilling details of what drove Roberts to kill her husband Gary.
On September 27, Elizabeth Roberts ran to the Hancock County sheriff’s office to report some very erratic and dangerous behavior exhibited by her husband Gary. Roberts asked he be taken in for an evaluation.
After she ran back home and told her husband what she’d done, things got terrifying. Prosecuting Attorney Michael Griffin’s report says, “Gary told Elizabeth that when law enforcement arrived, Gary would kill as many law enforcement officers as he could.” The report goes on to say Gary went down to the basement of the home where he began loading his guns. There were a lot of weapons down there, with a retail value of $1,000,000, according to an ATF agent helping in this investigation.
The report says, “Gary’s firearms collection included .50 caliber fully-automatic machine guns, numerous assault rifles, some of which were fully automatic.” Elizabeth tried over and over to convince Gary to stop, and fearing police would arrive, or already have, she fired one shot that killed her husband.
“She tried to stop it in a way that made sense. She didn’t immediately pull out a firearm. She began to talk to him and tried to convince him not to follow the path that he was on,” said Prosecuting Attorney Michael Griffin, during a phone interview with FOX 59 News.
The state says Elizabeth Roberts’ actions were justified under the 1976 “Defense of Others” statute. While the shooting was intentional, it was to protect others, clearing her of “legal jeopardy.”
Around Greenfield, there are mixed reaction to this thwarted assault.
“Had she waited until they got there, she could have warned them a little bit before. I just think it’s not right to just shoot the guy because he makes a threat,” said resident Phil Weiker.
David Pruett of Greenfield said, “I think with everything else that’s happening, all the mass shootings and everything, it’s kind of a relief that, ya know, something got prevented that could have been another situation like that.”
Elizabeth Roberts did not want to talk on camera, she was in tears when we spoke briefly at her front door. She said she appreciated our stopping over, and will talk when she’s read