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Woman Told Prosecutors She Fatally Shot Her Husband

A woman in Greenfield told prosecutors she fatally shot her husband to stop him from using his gun arsenal against police who were coming to arrest him.
A woman in Greenfield told prosecutors she fatally shot her husband to stop him from using his gun arsenal against police who were coming to arrest him.

Authorities say the husband was unstable and owned an arsenal of firearms worth more than $1,000,000 dollars.  Prosecutors now say Elizabeth Roberts stopped a potential mass-shooting.

Court documents suggest Gary Roberts was in a tailspin prior to his death.  He had become erratic, unstable, dangerous, and suicidal.

His wife went to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and told officers she feared for her husband's safety and well-being.  She also told them her husband was a gun collector and had amassed an arsenal of weapons.

"Quite a gun collection.  Gary had maintained and from my understanding reconditioned a number of those weapons."

Included in the collection were .50 caliber machine guns.  This YouTube video shows you the size and power of the weapon.  The Army uses them to stop vehicles and shoot through brick walls.

Roberts had more than one in his basement along with sniper rifles, assault rifles, shot guns, and handguns.  After talking with police, Elizabeth Roberts returned home expecting officers to come get her husband within 30 minutes. 

When they didn't arrive, she says she told her husband they were coming.  That's when, according to the court records, Gary Roberts threatened to shoot and kill any officers that entered his home.  Fearful of a mass shooting at her home, Roberts told police she shot and killed her husband.

Prosecutor Michael Griffin says her decision likely saved the lives of multiple law enforcement officers.

"I think it is time in this country that we stop mass gun violence, and I am firmly convinced that is exactly what Elizabeth Roberts did."
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