Navy chief killed in her own home, just two weeks after she filed for a protective order against man she claimed assaulted her
The authorities did not confirm initially who the person was who was found dead inside a home on Itani Way, near Cedar Point and New Berlin Road, around 12:13 a.m.
In the early hours of September 17, a woman was found dead inside her home in Northside, Jacksonville, just hours before she was to attend a hearing to determine whether she would get a protective order against her boyfriend.
The woman was found dead inside her home on Itani Way, near Cedar Point and New Berlin Road, around 12.13am. Detectives investigating the case suspect foul play. While the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has not officially released the identity of the woman, a close friend of the deceased identified her as Andrea Washington. US Navy chief and mother-of-three, Washington was scheduled to deploy on September 19.
Her friend, Chris Phantom, told News4Jax: "[She] worked hard for 19 years in the military. Served her country; had an awesome career. he was taken from us so soon, and it really hurts. But at the same time, my concern right now is her boys." The news station also found that Washington had filed a domestic violence injunction only two weeks ago. She claimed that 'a man' pushed her to the floor, kicked her in the stomach, and then threatened her with a gun over an argument about the bills.
A close friend says Andrea Washington, the woman found dead in an Itani Way home, was a mother of 3, and served 19 years in the Navy. I'll tell you what we know from investigators AT 6:03 on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/K2wQkSdWXp— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) September 18, 2018
According to court documents, the man also kicked a hole in her bedroom door, broke her iPad, and took the keys to her vehicle and her mailbox. A hearing for the injunction had been scheduled to take place on September 17. According to a statement by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, emergency responders had been called to the home over a medical emergency. When they arrived at the scene, they found the woman dead inside. The authorities said that the death had not occurred from natural causes, this was determined based on the initial investigation of the scene.
Detectives and evidence technicians were still processing evidence at the home at noon on the 17th. There is still no information regarding a suspect or of any arrest made in connection to it. Phantom said: "It’s still under investigation, so I can’t really speak on it. But, at the same time though, I hope justice prevails."
CEO of Hubbard House, a domestic abuse shelter for the Duval and Baker counties, Dr Gail A Patin, told News4Jax in an interview that when a victim leaves an abuser, the period of time that comes right after the separation is the most dangerous time for them. She said: "To find safety, women, children, and men frequently turn to Hubbard House for help. Anyone who needs help is urged to call the Hubbard House 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline at 904- 354-3114."