Saturday, September 15, 2012
A woman trying to avoid an Air Force deployment to Asia had her black husband shoot her before lying to investigators that an intruder was to blame
Staff Sgt. Judy Groomes, 25, was treated for wounds on both of her legs from one round from a handgun fired by her husband, Staff Sgt. Christopher Tyquan Groomes, 26. Both are active military based at nearby Barksdale Air Force Base. Maj. Bryan Purtell, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs officer, said that Judy Groomes is assigned to the 2nd Logistics Squadron Inbound Receiving Section and was scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia in the coming months. Groomes' husband is assigned to the 548th Combat Training Squadron. Both have been at Barksdale for nearly four years. Groomes claimed that an intruder shot her while her husband and two children slept. She told investigators that the intruder fled out a back door on foot. An investigation found that she convinced her husband to shoot her to avoid military service. Christopher Groomes was later arrested on a gun charge and booked into the Bossier City Jail. Judy Groomes was issued a summons on a criminal mischief charge for filing a false police report.