A Texas mother defending her daughter from her abusive boyfriend has been arrested after she opened fire and shot the man dead after he shouted ‘shoot me’.
Patricia Conlon, 49, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with one count of murder in the murder of Justin Troutte, 34, police said. The photo reveals a visibly distraught Settler.
The heartbreaking incident happened around 1:50 p.m. Sunday when Dallas police were called to a home on the 4800 block of Ash Lane in Old East Dallas about a domestic dispute. When officers and emergency personnel arrived, they found Troutte with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Conlon told police that she only shot Troutte after he grabbed her arm and pulled her hair, but police evidence did not match Conlon’s account.
The police argued that the justification of self-defense did not hold. because she tried to hold him at gunpoint. They claimed the “lack of reasonableness of his action involving the use of deadly force,” according to the affidavit.
Pictured: Patricia Conlon, 49, arrested on Monday and charged with one count of murder for the murder of her daughter’s boyfriend.
Pictured: Josh Troutte, 34, died of a gunshot wound on Sunday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene
Pictured: Conlon’s daughter, Jenny Marie Archer, who alleged she had an abusive relationship with Troutte that had lasted since late 2021
Conlon’s daughter, Jennifer Conlon, had told police that she had been in an abusive relationship with Troutte since December 2021, according to the arrest report.
A day before the shooting, she said Troutte hit her above the eye with a cellphone, but she said she did not file a police report for the alleged assault.
According to the affidavit, on the day of the shooting, the daughter told her mother that she was breaking up with Troutte over the ongoing abuse and asked her mother to help her move out of the house the two men shared. The couple also had a roommate who also lived in the house.
Conlon had called the police before he arrived to help his daughter, but she entered the house before the officers arrived. Law and crime reported.
Conlon’s daughter and Troutte’s roommate reportedly told police they saw Conlon arrive at the residence through a side door and saw her holding a gun, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The roommate told police they could hear Conlon and Troutte yelling at each other. At one point, Conlon confronted Troutte, who was in the bathroom.
During this heated exchange, Troutte shouted: “Shoot me”, before witnesses heard several shots, according to the police report.
When Conlon spoke to police, she reportedly told them her handgun was in her purse, but she later admitted she was holding a handgun when she arrived home.
She further stated that she planned to keep Troutte in the bathroom until the police arrived. Part of her explanation that she told the cops was that Troutte had fled following previous domestic violence incidents before the police arrived.
Conlon allegedly told cops she only fired after Troutte grabbed her and claimed ‘she was scared for her life’, but the affidavit cited that Conlon ‘provoked’ Troutte and was unjustified unable to defend himself.
Pictured: A mother and daughter smiling together in this undated photo
Troutte’s mother, Sue, sent a heartfelt message saying she will “always love him and his sweet spirit”.
Conlon’s daughter posted about her ordeal on Facebook as her friends sent her a virtual hug and told her they loved her.
Reportedly, Troutte had a criminal record dating back to 2018 when he pleaded guilty to assault and domestic violence.
Jenny Colon wrote on Friday and posted on Facebook about the ordeal as friends sent her a virtual hug and said they loved her.
She wrote in particular: “It’s never what I wanted or even what I could imagine. I loved someone unconditionally despite unimaginable consequences every moment, and I’m desperately trying to find a way to deal with these events.
Troutte’s mother, Sue Troutte, posted a photo of her son on her Facebook page sharing that she “always” loved him.
“He came to see us earlier than expected, but then he was taken far too soon. He managed to live his life to the full. We will always love him and his gentle spirit,” she wrote. Thank you to all of you angels who have been with us on this journey.
After Troutte’s death, many of his friends rallied, including his best friend Cooper London, who claimed his friend was the victim of the relationship.
On Monday, he wrote a seething article. “Do you see those two? This is the reason Josh Troutte is DEAD,” London wrote in part. “Jenny Marie Archer -> mum Patricia Conlon, you are the reason he died.”
He added: “His mom shot my best friend or JENNY THAT YOU DID IT AND MADE YOUR MOTHER TAKE THE FALL.”
‘SHE IS GUILTY TOO!!!!! I saw the abuse, I saw it. EVERYONE WHO KNOWS JOSH SHOULD CALL the Dallas Police Department and report her to HOMICIDE!!!!! The number of times she wanted him dead is incalculable.
In his message, he urged them to contact the police.
“You, Jenny, deserve to be right next to your mother. Everyone has the information line number. Let the call today. Help our brother get justice and lock up everyone involved.
Conlon’s daughter, Jenny Marie Archer, has not been charged with any crime.