Robert Vann Marshall was in jail for threatening to kill his wife and children. A restraining order was issued against him. His decision to ignore the restraining order and attach his wife was a bad decision.
On July 6, eleven minutes after being released from jail, his wife was talking to a 911 operator saying Robert was breaking into her McMinn County house in Tennessee and trying to kill her. She retreated to a bedroom in the back of the house to try and escape from him.
Less than 15 minutes from being released from jail, Robert was dead. His wife used a firearm to stop the attack and save her and her children’s lives.
Sheriff Joe Guy told reporters “It’s a case where domestic violence unfortunately resulted in a loss of life. Court orders won’t keep every aggressor away, but are a useful deterrent to acts of violence and further enable officers to have knowledge of the situation.”
A court-ordered restraining order is just a piece of paper that does not stop attackers. A firearm is often the only self defense solution.