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Woman Takes Husband’s Guns, Turns Them In – What She Didn’t Expect Was The Police’s Reaction

A woman allegedly found herself living in constant fear due to her husband’s abusive behavior.

According to an arrest affidavit, Joseph Irby of Lakeland followed his estranged wife, Courtney Taylor Irby, as she left the courthouse before repeatedly rear-ending the back of her car with his own vehicle. He then went on a relentless tirade, angrily screaming at her in rage over their divorce proceedings.

Instead of leaving the legal process up to the justice system, Courtney decided that her husband shouldn’t have the right to his property anymore. Using the excuse that she was afraid of her soon-to-be ex-husband, she broke into his apartment and took his handgun and rifle before driving them over to the Lakeland Police Department. However, once she proudly handed over her estranged husband’s legally-owned guns, she couldn’t believe the authorities’ response.

According to The Washington Post, Courtney was immediately arrested and charged with grand theft of a firearm and armed burglary when she admitted to breaking into her estranged husband’s home and stealing his guns. She subsequently spent six days in jail before she was granted bond.

“So are you telling me that you committed an armed burglary?” the officer asked.

“Yes, I am, but he wasn’t going to turn them in, so I am doing it,” she told him.

After officers reached out to Joseph, who was still at the Polk County Jail, he confirmed that he wanted to press charges against Courtney for stealing his weapons. She told the police officer that she wanted to hand in his guns because she didn’t think he would do it himself.

“The police officer asked if she had taken her husband’s firearms without his permission. When she replied yes, he told her that she was confessing to a crime,” Lakeland Police Department told HuffPost.

The police have argued that the situation is unwinnable. On one hand, there is a woman who believes that her safety is at risk. On the other hand, it doesn’t give her the right to break into someone’s home and take their property.

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Gunther
Gunther
1 year ago

The police upheld the man’s rights to his property and absolutely did the right thing. The items could have been guitars. It doesn’t matter. When police do the right thing under law, protecting rights as opposed to violating them, they are champions and need to be shown support.

uncontrolled
uncontrolled
1 year ago

i don’t think she really had a choice.

XXX
XXX
1 year ago

Women are so stupid, thats why men make better women. They are also stupid that they allow this with open arms because they are women and they have feelings or some sh!t.

Seriously lolwut
Seriously lolwut
1 year ago
Reply to  XXX

So what you’re saying is, you like boys.

Htos1av
Htos1av
1 year ago

The individual MUSRT be sovereign OVER the state, otherwise, there can be NO “state”…this is not debatable.

Last edited 1 year ago by Htos1av
Bob Blaylock
Bob Blaylock
1 year ago

  What did she expect?

  She broke into someone else’s home, and stole valuable property.  That’s a serious crime, in any jurisdiction.  She deserves whatever happens to her.

Flannigan McGaffigan
Flannigan McGaffigan
1 year ago

Joseph Irby must be asking himself why he ever married such a psychotic ball of neurosis.

8675310
8675310
1 year ago

Am I missing something here? Or, is the story missing something?

Why did she feel that he was required to turn in his firearms? Was there a court order, or condition issued related to the divorce, or the reason that he was in jail??

Nabi Rasch
Nabi Rasch
1 year ago
Reply to  8675310

Maybe he threatened to kill her. He sounds pretty violent.