Tamarac man faces murder charge in wife's shooting death

Jason Browdy says he accidentally shot, killed sleeping wife Tuesday morning

Jason Browdy is accused of fatally shooting his wife in the head while she slept.
Jason Browdy is accused of fatally shooting his wife in the head while she slept.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Tamarac man faces a charge of premeditated murder in connection with his wife's shooting death.

Jason Browdy, 35, was arrested and booked in the main Broward County jail early Wednesday morning.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a shooting at 5720 Tuscany Terrace about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday.

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said Browdy, 35, told deputies that he accidentally shot his wife in the head while she slept in their bed.

Monique Browdy, 33, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon.

According to the arrest report, Jason Browdy gave inconsistent statements while being questioned in his wife's death.

Detectives said Jason Browdy admitted that he sleeps with a gun under his pillow because of drug activity in the neighborhood. Detectives said Browdy initially claimed that the gun discharged as he sat up in bed, but later said the gun accidentally fired while he was standing up.

A medical examiner said neither incident is possible given the evidence, and the shooter had to have been standing over the victim and in close proximity.

Judge John Hurley said the fact that Jason Browdy took nearly an hour to call 911 was also concerning.

"He waits 40 minutes to make a phone call to get emergency services to the house," Hurley said.

Jason Browdy's parents and sister attended Wednesday's bond court hearing.

"My son is a good man, and it's unfortunate," Jason Browdy's father told Local 10 News.

Jason Browdy was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2008. A Hollywood police arrest report states that he ripped off the screen to a window in the victim's home and tried to get inside. Records do not list the name of the victim in that incident.

According to the report, police officers told Jason Browdy that the woman wanted him to leave her home.

"Take me to jail," Jason Browdy said, according to the report. "I don't care. I'm not leaving."

Police said he returned to the home later that day and was arrested.

Jason Browdy was denied bond Wednesday.

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