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Man Allegedly Hid In The Shower Before Ambushing His Wife And Fatally Shooting Her In The Stomach
Trent Paschal allegedly said his wife had "been playing me for a fool" in a video posted to YouTube in which he apologized to his daughter.
A Texas man has been accused of ambushing his wife by hiding in a shower of the master bedroom, then jumping out and fatally shooting her in the stomach.
After the shooting, Trent Paschal allegedly posted a since-removed YouTube video apologizing to his daughter and seemingly referencing his wife who he said had “been playing me for a fool,” according to local station KTRK.
Paschal, 48, is now facing murder charges in the death of 30-year-old Savannah Paschal Wednesday in their La Marque home.
Savannah was killed after walking into the master bathroom; Trent jumped out of the shower were he’d allegedly been hiding and fired the fatal shots, striking her twice in the abdomen, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by People.
Her mother was with her at the time and managed to escape.
“Trent stated that he was going to shoot both her and Savannah,” the affidavit said. “[Savannah’s mother] shut the bathroom door on Trent, and started running out of the bedroom, toward the front of the house.”
The woman stumbled and tripped multiple times as she ran from the house. She told authorities she “heard gunshots” as she was running and sought refuge at a neighbor’s house.
After Trent left the home, Savannah’s mother went back to the house to find her daughter dying on the floor.
Savannah was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Before he fled the scene, a neighbor captured a recording of Trent on the phone with Savannah’s aunt. He is allegedly heard “confessing that he shot Savannah” during the call, according to the affidavit.
Trent was seen leaving the scene in a gray Chevrolet pickup truck, local station KHOU reports. Authorities later found the vehicle in Houston but the search for Trent continued several more hours.
Harris County Sheriff Sr. Deputy Thomas Gilliland told Oxygen.com that they received information about Trent’s whereabouts and set up surveillance of him at a local superstore in Houston.
Authorities performed a “felony traffic stop” on the vehicle he had been traveling in and ordered him out of the car.
“As he exited the vehicle, he pulled a pistol concealed in his waist band of his pants and pointed it at deputies,” Gilliland said. “A patrol sergeant ordered him to drop the weapon and he did not comply and the sergeant shot Paschal.”
He was shot several times in the arm, leg and upper torso, Gilliland said.
“He is currently at a local hospital, awaiting his recovery to be transferred to the HCSO Detention Center medical ward,” he said. “He will eventually be extradited back to Galveston County to face his murder charge.”
At some point, Trent also allegedly recorded a four-minute 22-second video posted on YouTube where he apologized to his daughter.
“I’m recording this because I want my daughter to know that I love you,” he said, according to KTRK.
He later said he didn’t believe he had done anything wrong.
At one point in the video, he appears to reference his slain wife.
“I knew she was kind of too young. I didn’t — she’s been playing me for a fool. I told her not to mess with me, not to mess with my emotions. Don’t play with me,” he said.
Trent also allegedly claimed that he had overheard his wife on the phone with another man talking about a sexual dream she had, Fox News reports.
The video abruptly ends after Trent looks off to the side and then quickly moves away with the camera.
Neighbor Donald Riddick told local station KPRC that he knew the family well and lived across the street from them.
“Man, it’s just a big surprise to me,” he said. “I had never seen them have an argument.”
However, on Wednesday morning Riddick said he saw the couple fighting. Trent left the home and Savannah went to a neighbor’s home to ask for help.
She later returned to the home with her mother, where the alleged ambush occurred.