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Atlanta attorney Tex McIver shot his wife, who later died, and blamed his fear of Black Lives Matter protesters for it, reported Daily Kos. Per McIver's spokesperson, the prominent Atlanta lawyer pulled out a gun because he was afraid of Black Lives Matter protests that had been going on and feared "threatening" people.
The shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. Monday as a driver took Tex and his wife Diane to their house in the city's Buckhead neighborhood. Diane rode in the passenger seat, with Tex behind.
McIver's spokesperson Bill Crane told the Daily Report that McIver was worried about "unrest" from Black Lives Matter protests happening in Lenox Square and downtown over the weekend. McIver's paranoia only got worse when the driver reportedly took a wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar downtown area after trying to take a quicker route, said Crane.
While lost, surrounded by people who he claimed looked threatening, and supposedly fearful of getting carjacked, McIver asked his wife for his gun. According to Crane, the gun was kept wrapped in a grocery bag, in the middle console between the front car seats. McIver reportedly put the gun on his lap and fell asleep when the car hit a bump in the road. The impact of the bump caused the gun to go off, striking Diane in the back.
Daily Kos noted Lenox Square is actually in Buckhead and questioned why McIver would feel uneasy there. Wouldn't an area safe enough to live be safe enough to drive by? Plus, Daily Kos noted the protests, which were peaceful, were Friday and Saturday, meaning McIver didn’t have too much reason to be worried by Monday. Other aspects the Daily Kos questioned included why Diane was taken to a hospital over four miles away instead of a closer one.
McIver was not have been interviewed by police and instead got to go home after the hospital.
"It is crucial for us to not taint any parts of the investigation by commenting prematurely," Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard told the New York Daily News in an email. "We still have people to interview and it’s important for those interviews not to be contaminated with statements from media reports."