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Police: Man refused wife medical attention after shooting

Posted October 10, 2008 12:35 p.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2008 4:23 p.m. EDT

— 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.