Wife of officer-involved shooting victim speaks out

By Patranya Bhoolsuwan | pbhoolsuwan@8newsnow.com, Mark Mutchler

Published 11/30 2015 11:07PM

Updated 11/30 2015 11:26PM

The wife of a man killed by police after pulling an air gun says her husband had been battling depression.
Winona McEniry spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW about her husband Thomas after police held a press conference Monday.

“I figured that whatever he was going through, that he would snap out of it,” she said. “I was mad at first. I was angry, hurt and just really depressed too. No matter how much I was mad at him, it was only going to push him farther away from me.”

Metro released body camera video showing Thomas McEniry in a confrontation with police after he ditched his car last week following a traffic stop.

Police used a Taser on him, but say it didn't work, because his jacket was too thick.

Metro says McEniry pulled out an air gun and pointed it at officers. She questions why police did not continue to use the Taser, instead of shooting him.

“If he knew it was a BB gun, then why did he pull it? But, at the same time, he had already been to prison; he didn't want to go back,” Winona said.

Thomas McEniry served prison time for burglary several years ago, but his wife says he turned his life around and was always looking out for his family.

Police say Thomas McEniry was caught shoplifting at a local Home Depot four days before the shooting.

He was also facing a trial on domestic violence and child abuse charges.

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