This is a terrible story, the details of which have just been made public. Yet more proof that restraining orders and cell phones will not save your life.
The pertinent part of the article:
After the separation, Britton said Puckett and Lund called the sheriff's office 22 times with various complaints.
On Aug. 31, Lund called to report that she felt her life was in danger. The next day she sought and was granted a preliminary protective order barring Puckett from any contact with her directly or through a third party, or with Knight.
At the time of his death, Puckett awaited a hearing on a charge that he had violated the order on all counts.
(King George Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Monty) Clift said that in the weeks after Lund moved out, she and Knight had done their best to fortify their house because they feared Puckett.
They had gotten two-way radios to quickly contact family, if necessary.
They had installed what Clift described as "heavy gauge barrel-bolt locks" to two of their doors and placed rods in the track of their sliding glass door.
And they had armed themselves.
"Within the last month, both Miss Lund and Miss Knight had been given handguns for personal protection," Clift said.
They had kept them loaded and on their nightstands.
But they weren't retrieved the night Puckett arrived about 8:30 p.m., heavily armed and in what Britton called a "homicidal rage."
Instead, the women grabbed phones and hid as Puckett tried to shoot his way inside. Knight grabbed a landline phone and ducked into a closet; Lund took a cell into the adjacent bathroom.
Puckett fired one shot into the rear door of the house and failed to gain entry. He fired two shotgun blasts into the front door and failed to gain entry. He finally got inside by shooting the glass of the sliding door.
Puckett arrived "loaded for bear," Britton said. He came armed with a .45 caliber handgun, a 9mm handgun and a shotgun, all loaded and with extra rounds in the pockets of a green coverall he wore.