Wife said she shot husband because of pending divorce — (Daytona Daily News)

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Daytona Daily News

By Kelli Wynn, Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Trotwood detective survived two gunshot wounds in upper chest, recovering at Miami Valley Hospital.

PHILLIPSBURG ­ When a 911 dispatcher asked Denae Barnett-Dexter why she shot her husband, the 34-year-old mother of two, said, “Because he’s trying to divorce me.”

Her husband, Trotwood Detective Troy Dexter, 34, survived two gunshot wounds to his upper chest and is recovering at Miami Valley

Hospital, said Montgomery County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Phil Plummer.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 3:35 p.m. Sunday to 37 S. State St., where Barnett-Dexter was staying with their two sons. When they arrived, they found Barnett-Dexter in the house alone. Dexter had run to a nearby firehouse.

“I’ve got a gun in my hand. Smith & Wesson,” Dexter told a 911 dispatcher. “I fought her for the gun. We’re going through a divorce. She knew there was somebody else. She asked me to sit down and she shot me in the ribs and in the collar bone. Please hurry up.”

While Dexter was calling 911, Barnett-Dexter also was reporting the shooting.

“I just shot my husband,” Barnett-Dexter told her 911 dispatcher before saying that her husband had taken a .38-caliber handgun away from her.

The couple was alone during the shooting. Barnett-Dexter told the dispatcher their two sons were at her mother’s house.

“I think I’m in shock,” Barnett-Dexter told the dispatcher. “I know I’m going to prison … I’m waiting for the police department to take me to jail … I’ve just been really distraught over this. I, um, admitted myself into the hospital maybe last week, I think … Not stable … I take … (an antidepressant).”

Incidents like the one Sunday and the shooting death of Trotwood Police Officer Cedric Ballenger by his wife Nicole bring the police department together, said Trotwood Public Safety Director Mike Etter.

“I think it really brings to life (the) domestic violence (issue) and (how) nobody is immune to it,” he said. When something like this happens, there is a sense of betrayal,” Etter said, referring to the fact that when officers come to the department, the officers and their family become a part of the department’s family.

Staff Writer Martha Hardcastle contributed to this report. Contact Kelli Wynn at (937) 225-2414 or kwynn@DaytonDailyNews.com.