An Alabama detective was shot to death Monday, just months after filing a restraining order against the man charged in her murder.
Montgomery Police Det. Tanisha Pughsley, 27, filed for a protection order against 24-year-old Brandon Webster on May 22, according to court records obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser, a local newspaper.
In the order request, Pughsley said that she and Webster had dated and at one point were living together. But she alleged that Webster had become abusive – stealing from her, threatening her and physically striking her, the Advertiser reported.
“Although Brandon has moved out of the residence, he continues to unexpectedly show up and physically assault me,” she wrote in the request. “He sends threatening text messages and once he is blocked, he continues to call my phone private.”’
Three days before Pughlsey filed her request, Webster allegedly struck her twice in the head while she was carrying a 5-month-old infant, causing her to drop the baby, Pughsley wrote.
The court granted Pughsley’s request on June 19, forbidding Webster from harassing her or placing her in reasonable fear of bodily injury, according to the Alabama News Network, a Montgomery outlet. However, the court did not grant Pughsley’s request for Webster to surrender all firearms, the Advertiser reported.
Pughsley was shot to death at her home early Monday morning, the City of Montgomery said in a press release. She was off-duty at the time and was pronounced dead on scene, the Associated Press reported.
Webster was arrested and charged with capital murder, capital murder during a burglary and attempting to commit murder, according to an online inmate registry. All the charges are in connection with Pughsley’s death, the Montgomery Police Department confirmed with local outlet WSFA-12 News.
“Detective Pughsley answered the call to serve, defend and protect out city,” Mayor Steven Reed said in the city's press release. “We stand today with her family, friends, colleagues and all who loved her, praying for comfort, peace and healing during the tragic time.”
Webster is being held without bond. It's not clear if he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
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