A Florida woman allegedly shot her boyfriend in the armpit because he was snoring too loudly. 47-year-old Lorie Morin of Cocoa was arrested by deputies from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office for shooting boyfriend Brett Allgood during a domestic violence incident.
According to a press release by the sheriff's office, the investigation into the shooting began on Wednesday, March 6, when deputies responded to a residence on Emerald Lake Drive, unincorporated Cocoa, at 10.20 p.m. in reference to a male who had been shot.
Initial reports and a preliminary investigation which included statements from both Morin and Allgood inferred the incident was an accidental shooting, with the latter taken to the Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he is now stable and recovering. However, as the investigation continued, it was determined that the shooting occurred during a domestic violence incident. It was found that Morin and Allgood had argued about Allgood's loud snoring and that the dispute escalated to a point where the 47-year-old retrieved a shotgun and fired it at her boyfriend.
It emerged that both had also been drinking prior to the argument. The Daily Mail, citing an arrest affidavit, reported that Morin told officers she and Allgood had been drinking Captain Morgan rum and playing rummy prior to the incident.
She claimed the shotgun had accidentally discharged when Allgood was trying to retrieve a heavy box, something that was refuted when Allgood told deputies at the hospital at his girlfriend had shot him because of his loud snoring.
He said after their argument, Morin followed him into the bedroom with a shotgun pointed at his head, and that soon after, "he heard a loud boom and woke up lying in a pool of blood with excruciating pain coming from his right armpit area."
When detectives confronted Morin, she changed her story and claimed Allgood was trying to take the gun from her when it went off. The affidavit also states that the 47-year-old put on a show of emotion for officers. "It should be noted that while Ms. Morin was in the interview room, she attempted to show emotion by covering her face with her hands and crying, but she never shed a tear the entire time during any of the interviews," it read.
Speaking about the incident, neighbor Samantha Bobier told ClickOrlando, "I've talked to her a couple of times and she's always been really nice, and so the news is kind of shocking on it, honestly." Another neighbor, Robert Mason, similarly said, "It's so stupid, so bizarre that I can't imagine that kind of behavior."
Morin has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the incident and is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $40,000 bond. She made her initial court appearance on Friday, March 8, and is scheduled to be arraigned on April 9 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera.