A Florida woman was arrested after she brought her estranged husband’s guns to the cops in fear he would use them against her.
Courtney Irby, 32, made the move after her husband, Joseph Irby, was taken to jail for trying to run over her with a car. The couple is in the midst of a divorce.
Courtney Irby said she went to Joseph’s apartment in Lakeland, Florida, searched for his guns and brought them to cops.
“He wasn’t going to turn them in, so I am doing it,” she told the cops, according to the Lakeland Ledger.
When officers contacted the husband, who was still in the Polk County Jail, he insisted they press charges. She was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling and two counts of grand theft of a firearm.
“We have to safeguard every citizen’s rights,” Police Chief Ruben Garcia said.
She was jailed without bail for five days and six nights before a judge ordered her bail to be set at $5,000 on Friday, when she was released.
US Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Fla, said she will ask State Attorney Brian Haas not to prosecute.
“She was actively protecting herself and her family from an estranged husband who had not turned over his firearms to law enforcement, and was arrested for it,” the Congresswoman wrote in a blog post.
“We should be outraged by her arrest, and Irby should not be prosecuted by the local State Attorney’s office.”