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Mebane man charged with shooting pregnant wife

Posted October 9, 2008

— Mebane police have charged a man with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting his pregnant wife in the stomach on Oct. 4.

Officers arrested Robert Thompson Broom, 37, on Wednesday. His wife, Danna Broom, and the baby are in stable condition, police said.

Police went to the couple’s house, 1426 Birkdale Circle, around 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 4 in reference to a shooting. Officers said they found Broom’s wife lying on the bed in the master bedroom. She had been shot once in the stomach.

Emergency crews flew her to Duke Medical Center. Doctors had to deliver the baby, which was 27 weeks along, as a result of the trauma from the shooting, police said.

During the initial phases of the investigation, police said they believed the shooting was accidental. However, based upon more information and evidence, police now say they believe Broom tried to murder his wife.

On Tuesday, police searched the couple’s house. Just after midnight Wednesday, police found Broom driving west on Interstate 40/85. Officers then pulled him over and arrested him, with help from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Graham Police Department.

Police held Broom in the Alamance County Jail under an $800,000 secured bond. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife and to surrender his passport and weapons.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Mebane Police Department at 919-563-9031 or Alamance County Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.


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  • greentara Oct 9, 2008

    what exactly is going on? I'm sick of this kind of news!!! where did you get your upbringing on how to treat women?

  • doubletrouble Oct 9, 2008

    In such circumstances, as divorce..tempers can easily turn to pure rage and hate. I have seen the effects of a spouse telling the other that they didn't love them anymore, was sleeping around, and to boot...constantly throwing it, straight in their face, they were sleeping with a friend of theirs....all the while the other spouse was faithful, hardworking, and loving to their children, as well as to their unfaithful spouse. In such instances..where emotions can run so high, there are some do's and dont's..and one of them is not to continue to stay with that spouse-for finiancial reasons, or the children, or to think it's gonna get better. Get apart as quick as possible, as soon as the news breaks. For a man or woman..to live in such a mess for financial security,and the other reasons mentioned, is surely no security at all. Distance and time apart, is the best safequard you have.

  • teach4ever67 Oct 9, 2008

    Rev. RB I agree with you, he should be charged wtih TWO counts. But sadly, NC does not consider the fetus a viable life until he is born and therefore he will not be charged. I for one would love to see this particular law overturned....We need justice for our babies.

  • blondie2416_01 Oct 9, 2008

    My Gosh!!! I am 30 weeks pregnant myself and let me tell you, as an expecting mother, I cannot IMAGINE what this woman has gone and will continue to go through. Such a sad sad sad story but so glad the mom and baby are somewhat okay....for right now! Praying for this family and for this sick sick man!

  • wcharm Oct 9, 2008

    what is happening in NC nowadays. It used to be a peaceful place to live where we didn't even lock our doors at night. But then again if you're locked in a house with someone trying to kill you then you are no better off. Don't blame it on the economy, my grandparents raised five children during the depression and all of them are still alive.

  • iwideopen Oct 9, 2008

    Don't know if the baby was his or not but in any case if he did not want anything to do with her and/or the baby then he should have just left her alone.

  • chickentender63 Oct 9, 2008

    I'm afraid we are going to see more and more of this in the near future the way the economy is. There are more people out there than you think that are just waiting to snap.

    May wanna think twice before you yell at that person tailgating you on your way home from work. Just let em go on around or you might be next.

  • Adelinthe Oct 9, 2008

    "His wife, Danna Broom, and the baby are in stable condition, police said."

    Thank God for that.

    Why is this guy not being charged with TWO attempts of murder???

    Praying they throw him UNDER the jail.

    Praying for his wife and child, and for their true loved ones, cause he sure ain't one.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • steinbeck18 Oct 9, 2008

    What the heck is going on?????? Is it something in the water or the air???? why are wives and mothers being killed right and left lately-- this is just too weird for words.

  • Navy Vet Oct 9, 2008

    Ladies, all I can say is be careful because some of us area sleeping with the enemy nightly.

    WHAT!!?? I feel a Oprah show coming on.....