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Deputies called 13 times to home where pregnant woman beaten, shot, records show

Victim in stable condition after being beaten with fire extinguisher, shot

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a pregnant woman was beaten and shot multiple times, officials said.

The shooting happened Wednesday at Fruitwood Court and Willowwood Street in Orange County.

Officials said Ty Thomas, 37, and a pregnant woman were fighting outside a home when the man started battering the woman with a fire extinguisher. Officials released the name of the victim Thursday. News 6 is not naming her because she is a victim of domestic violence.

Neighbors who saw what was going on called 911 and told Thomas to stop. Officials said Thomas continued to batter her and dragged her in the house.

“He just dragged her inside and did something inside,” said neighbor Jasmine Torres. 

"Multiple people saw this. They were making calls to 911 regarding what they were seeing and hearing," said Jeff Williamson, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

When the couple were inside the house, Thomas shot the woman multiple times, officials said. At that point, deputies arrived at the house and heard one gunshot.

 

"We were gathering a contact team to go in because it was a violent altercation," Williamson said. "The contact team was getting together. They put their shields up when they heard a single gunshot after that."

Officials said the woman tried to crawl out the front door, but was unable to do so. Deputies used a nearby tarp and dragged her out of the house and she was put into the back of a deputy's vehicle.

Deputies drove the woman a block over to where an ambulance met them, officials said.

Deputies had been called out to the home 13 times since June 2016, records show. The calls include for a suspicious person, aggravated battery, general investigation calls, attempt to contact calls, a warrant, a few medical calls and two verbal arguments. 

The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Officials said she was pregnant, but it is unknown if the unborn child survived. On Thursday, she was in stable condition.

Officials said deputies went in the house and found Thomas dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There had been prior calls earlier Wednesday where deputies came out, officials said.

According to records, when deputies showed up prior to the attack Wednesday, they talked to both parties and said there was no crime reported and no signs of injuries.

"Apparently we were here a week or so ago also for a domestic call out issue of some kind as well," said Jeff Williamson, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Orange County Jail records show Thomas was released from prison in 2015 after serving 15 years for an aggravated battery and robbery conviction.

“We don’t think anyone should have to tolerate being abused,” Williamson said. "Certainly, if you’re in a dangerous situation, the best thing to do is to leave."


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