Defensive Gun Use: Woman wounds stepfather who is attacking her mother with a wrench

Jan 31, 2021 | Defensive Gun Use

Navy Captain Henry Herbig IV clearly planned to murder his estranged wife and stepdaughter. His plans had been carefully written out in extensive notes left in his car. But Herbig’s plans didn’t work out has he thought.

But Herbig never got a chance to fully carry out his plan of murdering them both, dumping their bodies, and using chemicals to help speed up the decomposition process.

The then 65-year-old man was shot once in the back by his stepdaughter while he was attacking her mother with a wrench. The bullet struck Herbig’s spinal column, leaving him paralyzed below the waist.

On Monday, a sheriff’s deputy wheeled Herbig into Virginia Beach Circuit Court on a gurney, his head elevated at one end, and parked him next to the defense table. Though covered in a blanket, he appeared much thinner than at the time of his arrest, and spoke in a barely audible voice. . . .

Jane Harper, “A man drove to Virginia Beach to kill his wife. He ended up paralyzed and sentenced to 15 years in prison,” The Virginia Pilot, January 11, 2021.