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UPDATE: Anthony Bowen: suspect in Detention Officer murder

READ MORE: UPDATE: Anthony Bowen: suspect in Detention Officer murder
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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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Protection orders are not

Protection orders are not worth the paper they are written on.

protection orders

This director needs to not promote protection orders unless she has the opportunity to go into more detail about when they are best and when they are not. If she truly believes they are always best, she is misguided, despite her job. Our high-risk cases are often advised NOT to get an order, and guided on how to GET AWAY. Again this director poo-poos trying to set a DISTANCE between the one who is feared and the one fearing for her life. Bad advice. Distance does help. It helps a lot. This should be a time we discuss being wiser instead of pushing easy sentences at people who still live in fear, don't know what to do, and are so so so vulnerable to bad guidance.

why didnt the police take

why didnt the police take his gun away when she filed the restraining order?

GOOD

Just heard the guy killed himself....COWARD. Best ending to this that could have happened.

WHATS SO GOOD ABOUT IT.

Anthony left behind a daughter who is a family member of mine and I see nothing good about her losing her father. Him killing himself does not make him a coward as you put it, it ment he needed some help. If he was forced to get help a long time ago by the system, none of this would have happened and two little girls would still have their parent. Instead of passing judgement, pray for the families that lost their love one's.

Why is it "The systems"

Why is it "The systems" responsibility to get him help? When did "The System" become responsible instead of parents? People have learned to depend on "The System" to raise our children and this is what we are producing. Stop blaming "The System" and start providing for and raising your kids yourself.

OMG THIS IS S0 SAD. IT

OMG THIS IS S0 SAD. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE HOW THIS REPORT WAS FILED IN APRIL & THERE WASN'T NE THING DONE ABOUT IT EXCEPT IT BEIN ON PAPER. IT ONLY MADE THE SITUATION WORST. & THE ABUSER SHOULDN'T OF DONE THIS 2 HER. EVEN THOUGH HE KILLED HIMSELF 2DAY, HE WILL STILL PAY FOR WHAT HE DID WIT GOD. HE THOUGHT HE WAS GETTING THE EASY WAY OUT. BUT I WILL KEEP HER FAMILY & DAUGHTER IN MY PRAYERS. I KNOW ITS GOING TO BE HARD, BUT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE. HE WON'T PUT NOTHIN ON US NO MORE THAN WE CAN BEAR. & I PRAY THAT THERE WILL STILL BE SOMETHING DONE TO HELP WOMEN BETTER WITH THEIR RESTRAINT ORDERS. THIS HAS HAPPENED TOO MANY TIMES & THERE NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING DONE ABOUT IT!

Restraining order is no deterant

I hope her family and especially her daughter get the justice that they so justly deserve. I got a restraining order when I left my abusive ex-husband. It was not worth the paper it was written on. He violated the order and the deputies of New Hanover County allowed him to go home because "he was sooo upset", even though they were aware of the restraining order and the reasons behind it (his abusive history). This gave him the courage to violate it again and get his hands on me and once again nothing was done. I hope this serves as a wake-up call for everyone that something more needs to be done to protect our women when they finally get the courage to leave an abuser. Once an order is issued there is blind belief that the piece of paper will serve its purpose. IT DOESN'T!! That peice of paper is no deterant to violence, it usually only make the abuser agrier. I would like to know why abusers aren't incarcerated after the first violation. Whe need tougher laws and officers willing to do what is necessary to enforce the order. How many good women are we going to loose to violence before something more is done? How many have we already lost AFTER a restraining order has been obtained? One is too many.

Restraining orders

AREN'T WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE WRITTEN ON! If the person is into criminal activity or has tendencies to break the law...a restraining order means absolutely NOTHING. It only takes breaking the restraining order ONCE to end in tragedy. Only one thing will stop it...HARSH punishment for breaking a restraining order and MANDATORY TIME for domestic violence....

another innocent person gone

i remeber her as striving for the best trying to raise her daughter she was an educated woman in school i pray her daughter grows up just like she was strong woman my prayers goes out to the family its very upsetting i hope they catch the killer who did this to her she stood her ground and did everything right she will always be remember especially in gods prayers and mine i hope the killer suffer as much as she did

She was a person that

She was a person that beleived in handling her buisness. She always tried to do whatever to make life better for her daughter as well as herself. I remember when she was a cell phone manager, that is when I met her. She gave me the confidence to go back to school. I am overwhelmed with anger and I hope they find that killer. I remember being introduced to him in blockbusters one night. He needs to prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.He took the life of a great black woman. One who always had her affairs in order and cared about her future and her daughters future.