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Florida woman charged with shooting boyfriend with shotgun over loud snoring

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A woman shot her live-in boyfriend with a shotgun during an alcohol-fueled argument stemming from his loud snoring, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Lorie Morin, 47, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She remains jailed without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex.

The shooting was reported about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday at a home in a rural neighborhood ust west of Sharpes Lake.

Deputies arrived at the home and found Morin’s boyfriend lying in a pool of blood at the foot of the bed on the master bedroom floor. He had been shot in the right armpit area.

He was transported by medical helicopter to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Morin told deputies she and her boyfriend had been drinking rum and playing rummy, an arrest affidavit shows. She told deputies that she was handing her boyfriend her loaded 20-gauge shotgun so she could retrieve a heavy box when it accidentally discharged, striking him.

Thursday morning, deputies met with the man in the hospital’s intensive care wing. In a sworn recorded statement, he said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation over his snoring, the affidavit states. Morin followed him into the bedroom, arguing about his snoring – and then she pointed the shotgun at his head, according to the affidavit.

Deputies reported that as he attempted to leave, “he heard a loud boom and woke up lying in a pool of blood with excruciating pain coming from his right armpit area.”

After questioning the man, deputies re-interviewed Morin. Morin gave a different version of events, saying that her boyfriend had tried to remove the shotgun from her hands when it accidentally went off, the affidavit states. 

“It should be noted that while Ms. Morin was in the interview room, she attempted to show emotion by covering her face with her hands and crying, but she never shed a tear the entire time during any of the interviews,” the affidavit states.

Morin was arrested and taken to jail. The man remains hospitalized and is stable.

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