After apparently shooting his wife with a 12 gauge shotgun, Thomas Jarboe called 911 to explain what had happened.
“She mistreated me, she is my babysitter and she destroys me completely,” Jarboe told the dispatcher, according to court documents first reported by KOMO News. “She hates all my kids, my kids all hate her.
The 75-year-old professor emeritus from the University of Washington said he was acting in “self-defense” when he shot Kay Sew, who was 63 years old.
Jarboe suffers from Parkinson’s disease and advanced amnesia, and a neighbor told KOMO News that these illnesses have often led to fights between the couple. The neighbor said he heard ‘shouting about the drugs [and] do not take medication. ”
Meeghan Black, chief information officer at the Bellevue Police Department, told the Daily Beast that Jarboe also suffered from “hallucinations.”
“He refused to speak with detectives,” Black said. “We don’t know what led to [the alleged murder]. We are still trying to figure this out. If he doesn’t talk to us, we’ll talk to family, neighbors, friends, whoever knows him.
Jarboe is being held in King County Jail on $ 2.5 million bail. He previously served as a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and an assistant professor of physics, although a UW representative told KOMO News that he currently does not teach any classes.
He has been frequently interviewed in press articles, recently speaking about fusion energy research and a UW project to create a sustainable nuclear reactor.
Rates of domestic violence soared in Bellevue, a city of just under 150,000, during the coronavirus pandemic. Criminal assaults of domestic violence have increased by 28 percent.
Black told the Daily Beast that the Bellevue Police Department was “very concerned” about this trend. “It’s the Pacific Northwest, it’s dark, it’s dreary, it’s humid and people are still under a mandate to stay at home,” she said. “We mean [victims] that they don’t have to be silent. We want to raise awareness as we continue to see this violence. “
In 2019, Bellevue experienced her first murder in more than three years. “Bellevue does [normally] experiencing that kind of violence, ”Black said. “We have extremely low crime rates for a city of this size. So obviously something is going on there.
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