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Police: Man refused wife medical attention after shooting

Posted October 10, 2008

— Mebane police have filed another charge against a man accused of shooting his pregnant wife in the stomach.

On Friday, police charged Robert Thompson Broom, 37, with first-degree kidnapping.

Authorities have already charged him with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Police said they originally thought Broom shot his wife, Danna Broom, on Oct. 4. They now believe he shot her earlier in the day on Oct. 3.

"Robert T. Broom unlawfully confined the victim (Danna Broom) and failed and/or refused to render aid or call for medical attention," police said Friday.

That information led to the first-degree kidnapping charge.

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.

Danna Broom and the baby were in stable condition at last check on Thursday.

During the initial phases of the investigation, police said they believed the shooting was accidental. However, based upon more information, police said 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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  • Adelinthe Oct 10, 2008

    ratherbeinnc -

    Read the story again.

    The police have charged this guy with attempted murder, not the woman.

    They have also charged him now with kidnapping and denying medical attention, again not the woman.

    Maybe you're writing a book for Hollywood, cause you're sure spinning fantasies that have nothing to do with the findings of law enforcement.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Oct 10, 2008

    ratherbinnc - "I posted what i did for a reason to show how others speculate about something they have no clue about and you and a couple of others fell for it!"


    You're backstroking like a sailor.


    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • headlong Oct 10, 2008

    And again the man will not be charge for the baby he tried to kill as well...

    Thoughts and Prayers for this Woman and Baby!!!

  • mr miagi Oct 10, 2008

    This whole situation is unfortunate. Three people's lives will change forever. I am not a super religious person, but rather than lend my uninformed opinion I choose to pray for each person this has affected.

  • luvdogs Oct 10, 2008

    The way your body shifts when you are pregnant and organs rearrange, it would be really dicey to shot yourself. I knew someone that had to have some type of surgery when she was pregnant, and it was a big deal since the organs rearranged themselves as they made room for the baby.

  • teacher-mom Oct 10, 2008

    He could have been the one cheating...

  • Panther Oct 10, 2008

    ratherbnnc quit while your still ahead.

  • somey Oct 10, 2008

    WOW!!! These people (rahterbnnc)live among us. Scary!

  • ratherbnnc Oct 10, 2008

    rahterbnnc----if she did shoot herself then she must have been a very good marksman to not kill herself, but allow an injury that would not do her (or the baby) in in the amount of time she was not able to get medical attention. Also, if dear hubby was innocent then why was he fleeing??? Just decided to take a nice drive along 40??? Get real.

    Doesnt take a rocket scientist to look on the internet to find where one may shoot themselves without hitting a vital organ! Who knows that she doesnt have any medical training to know that! Afterall, Jeff McDonald knew where to stab himself without dying! WHO was to say he was fleeing? The story did not mention the words " HE WAS FLEEING". They could have had an argument, he leaves, and she shoots! See! You dont know either do you!

  • 050462 Oct 10, 2008

    the husband did this because she was cheating,and the baby is not his.......GUARANTEEED