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Mebane man charged with shooting pregnant wife

Posted October 9, 2008 2:33 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2008 2:39 p.m. EDT

— 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.