69-year-old Bob Garner faces eights criminal charges
The shooting took place at the rear of the store
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -
Pam Garner was shot when she stepped outside of the Fitzgerald Walmart for a cigarette break, now her estranged husband is in jail. That suspect, Bob Garner, is a retired Ben Hill County Deputy. Pam Garner spoke with us exclusively about what happened.
"He shot me and it went right through my head," said Pam Garner. Garner can't believe she was shot and the accused gunman is her husband, 69 year-old Bob Garner.
"He cocked it, shot my right arm and luckily it went straight through didn't damage the bone or nothing," said Garner.
The 43 year-old says she was on a break from her job at Walmart just before 9am Monday morning when he showed up. "He got upset acting and everything and he said well why can't you ever tell me your sorry?"
Garner says that's when he pulled out her gun, which she says he took from her Sunday night. "And he said well I got something for you. And he reached over to the center console, lifted the latch. I seen the gun and I thought he was emptying or making sure it was empty before he handed it to me at work."
Then, Garner says, he shot her twice. "I fell in front of his truck and I said to myself, no you're not going to lay here and let him shoot you again. So I got up and I run toward the back of the shop, I heard him shoot at me one more time, but he didn't hit me."
Fitzgerald Police say Bob Garner, a former Ben Hill County Sheriff's deputy was taken into custody.
And the shooting might have been captured on security cameras. "Walmart is right now pulling that video cameras and all that they have to see if they got it on camera for us," said Chief William Smallwood with the Fitzgerald Police Department.
While the investigation is ongoing, Pam Garner is focusing on recovering.
"Anybody can call it luck. But I had an angel with me," said Garner.
And protecting her family. "I don't want him anywhere around me or my family. I don't want my family harmed. He don't need out. He's out of his mind," said Garner.
Pam and Bob Garner married in 1995, but have been separated for three years.
69-year-old Bob Garner faces:
Five counts of aggravated assault
Two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
One count of criminal damage to property
A bond hearing is expected to be Tuesday.
Garner worked as a Ben Hill County deputy from June 1983 to April 2006 when he retired.
An incident report from February 21st shows Pam Garner alerted deputies about him making suicidal threats. The report says when deputies arrived Mr. Garner was armed.
After a short standoff, he was taken to Phoebe Putney hospital for evaluation and released three days later. No criminal charges were filed in that incident.
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