NEW HANOVER COUNTY- On April 2, 2008 twenty-seven year old Tarica Pulliam filed a protective order against her ex-boyfriend Anthony Bowen. The documents tell a story of abuse that occurred the night before. Pulliam says Bowen accused her of cheating, then grabbed her, threw her on the floor, and began to strangle her. She adds that he then loosened his grip to go get his gun. According to the statement the abuse stopped once Pulliam's mother arrived at the home. Renee McGill-Cox is the director of the Domestic Violence Shelter. She says Pulliam handled the situation appropriately by getting a restraining order. "She did do the right thing, she could have moved, but we have to remember that if this person was out to get her no matter where she went he could have tracked her down." Wednesday morning, Sheriffs Deputies found their colleague in the Briarcliff Villas development off Gordon Road. Pulliam was shot several times. Investigators say Pulliam was heading to her work as a New Hanover County Detention Officer when she was attacked. McGill-Cox says Pulliam's case shouldn't deter other abused women from seeking protection. "Now there's something on paper that this is what you've done, and I'm not the only one that knows it any longer--law enforcement knows this." Pulliam's relatives released this statement: "The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support in this untimely and unfortunate incident. We ask for privacy while we grieve and also ask that you keep her only daughter in prayer as she copes with the death of her mother. She leaves behind a 7 year-old daughter, not fathered by Bowen. Her daughter is now staying with relatives. If you know anyone that's a victim of domestic violence, call the domestic shelter at 343-0703. If you have any information on Anthony Bowen's wherabouts, contact the detective division of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department. The number is 798-4260.
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