This is a very strange story, and I'd be very surprised at anyone who didn't stop and take a minute to question this.
That first (WWLP?) article / vid was pretty crap with the details, though. The usatoday one was a little better.
To many oddities here, though, and vague claims. The husband supposedly recently made comments against himself and others. "Others?" Which others?
And exactly what kind of stuff was he saying? People say stuff they don't mean sometimes, in the heat of the moment.
To compound that, the second article mentions drinking and prescription meds. Didn't specify the meds, but implied impairment from them. And of
course drinking implies that as well. Which kind of reinforces my last point. Sometimes people say stuff they don't mean when they're sober,
nevermind when they're messed up on booze and/or pills!
Let's say this guy was going through a bad stretch for whatever reason(s). We've all had them. Some of us much worse than others. And some people
cope with these things in healthier ways than others. Any substance abuse counselor will tell you that when you self-medicate depression and anxiety
with booze and depressants, it can mellow you out a bit, only to have a kind of rebound effect when you sober up-- making your pre-existing anxiety
and/or depression even worse, and compounding it. In some people, this can lead to habitual use, making the problem worse.
So it could be, that this guy just went on a bender during a rough time in his life (which there is some evidence for in the article) ran off his
mouth to his wife, aka "venting", with some stuff he really didn't mean, which then triggered this whole event. It really could have
that simple. At least with the amount of detail we have now.
I'm also curious about the exact nature of their relationship. How well did they generally get along? And did this guy have any prior history of
anything? Mental illness? Violence? If he had that many guns, he had to be collecting for a while, and it would seem like this never alarmed the wife
Then there is the question of, why, if she was so concerned for his safety, did she not just go in and say "I'm worried my husband might harm
himself," and then wait for the cops to show up for a psychiatric hold-- instead of first making him sound like a terrorist, then letting him know
and potentially instigating a conflict with a man she claims she feared was unstable!?!?
I find that question really troubling. Unless this woman is dumb as a sack of rocks, she had to have realized that could be a bad idea, no?
And with how bad the wife made him sound, why did the police just let her go home? Alone? Why did they take more than 30 minutes or however long to
show up? I've seen the police called on someone who supposedly threatened self harm, and they showed up pretty quickly.
And if she was so worried about his safety, why would she shoot him? In the chest, no less? Just too much weirdness.