A former Alabama police officer is accused of shooting his estranged wife, known for her volunteer work and love of animals, to death months after allegedly injuring her in a previous shooting.
Megan Montgomery, 31, was found dead Sunday morning in the parking lot of an athletic complex in Mountain Brook, the Mountain Brook Police Department said in a release. They called her death “possibly a domestic violence related homicide,” according to a later release. She had been shot to death, AL.com reports.
While the suspect’s name is being withheld by law enforcement, attorney Tommy Spina told local outlet CBS 42 that his client Jason Bragg McIntosh, 45, turned himself in Monday in connection with the murder.
McIntosh resigned as an officer in the Hoover Police Department back in March after he allegedly shot Montgomery in the arm a month prior, the Hoover Sun reported. He was arrested yet again in May for another alleged domestic disturbance with Montgomery.
Montgomery filed for divorce from McIntosh in May, which was still pending at the time of her killing, CBS 42 reports. She also filed a restraining order against him, according to AL.com.
Montgomery was a founding member of the GBHS Young Professionals Board and a beloved volunteer at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
“She was a tireless volunteer, never missing the chance to attend adoption events, raise funds for GBHS, or drive rescue transports. Her bright spirit, compassionate heart, and steadfast love for animals will be profoundly missed. She never met a stranger and was a true friend to everyone,” the humane society said in a statement.
Montgomery was also the daughter of Johnny “Ironman” Montgomery, a World Championship IRONMAN contender, according to AL.com. Montgomery and her husband appeared on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” along with her father, AL.com reported.
GBHS Chief Executive Officer Allison Black Cornelius told CBS 42 that she and her colleagues knew Montgomery had issues in her marriage.
“Maybe that’s what made this hard,” she said.
Spina told CBS 42 in a statement, “To me, this case stands for the proposition that domestic violence is a real societal problem that is gender neutral and needs to be addressed in any relationship at the first sign of aggression by either party. Death should not be the result of a relationship gone bad. This is all very sad but also very real.”
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