Woman Killed When Her Boyfriend Accidentally Shoots Cannon Into Their Home

POTRERO (CBS) — A woman was killed early Tuesday when her lover, who had allegedly been drinking, accidentally shot a homemade cannon into the couple’s home.

Homicide detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the 38-year-old woman’s death, which took place in the 25000 block of Potrero Valley Road, near the California-Mexico border.

Authorities say she was found dead at 12:15 a.m. after a cannonball slammed into a residence at the Twin Lakes Resort mobile home park.

It appears the accident happened after Richard Fox, 39, reportedly filled the cannon with powder from fireworks.

“They had a large-sized hole in the side of the trailer,” Mike Moller of Cal Fire told KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle.

The woman’s 4-year-old daughter and three other adults were inside the trailer when the cannon sent shrapnel into the home. No one else was hurt.

Fox was treated for shrapnel injuries before he was arrested for allegedly causing a deadly explosion.


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  • mike in San diego

    Umm, drinking, 12.30 a.m., mobile home? I’m not suprised.

    • Mark

      Yeah cause that only happens in mobile homes right mike?

    • tommco

      You forgot to add “cannon.”
      Cannons never mix well with drinking and mobile homes.

    • Chester

      They can have my cannon when they pry it from my cold, dead hand.

    • we

      A cannon along the border, excellent!

    • nickz_cannon

      Stole my thunder. It wasn’t an accident. Amerikanse are conditioned to believe that if you do something “with an audience” (socialistically); it means you didn’t do it.
      What about the snapshot of the skin diver over his dead wife – he said he didn’t know where she was swimming (?) – yeah, with the fishes.

    • fred

      Obama tried to warn us about those trailerpark people clinging to their booze and their cannons.

      • TheOldCannonInTheHomeStory

        Just more made up news after the coup and cover up. Unelected tyrants don’t want the truth leaking out. We have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is only an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

    • Mike

      And todays Darwin award goes to……………….

      • carl

        that award is only for people who kill themselves, not innocent bystanders

    • ablecynic

      I lived in SD County in the 1960s and it was just as crazy then. We had a neighbor with a Korean-War vintage mortar who shot a couple of rounds into the canyon behind our house and started a brush fire. He had been drinking also.

  • Señor Loco

    Yes, much different than the Mexican lunatics down below the border who have managed to kill 20,000 of their own over the past 5 years.

    • little ricky

      I believe that figure is around 35 to 40 thousand now…

    • Christina39

      TO JACK LEE. I am voting and campaigning for Ron Paul. Why don’t you.

      • J.D.

        Perhaps Jack Lee has common sense?

      • Get Real

        Okay. That explains a lot.


    • jstain

      “Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      “, not as long as there’s re-runs of “Freinds” or “Andy Griffith”… better things to do.

    • New York Nick

      They wouldn’t have gotten most of their recent weaponry were it not for Eric ‘HoldTHISbuddy’ and Hussein Obamadinejad arming the cartels with walked and run guns over the border, forcing American arms dealers to participate with the threat of the Cabal over their heads

      So therefore, they have the blood of Border agents and around 50,000 Mexicans, citizens dead and buried many beheaded on their hands, and why did they do this?.

      Well, Barry Inc says the border is the safest it’s been while, but last year he and SHrillary were standing on Mexican soil vilifying those SAME gun dealers for all the cartel terrorist violence (the worse in the world) as a ‘MeHican strawman’ to limit or outright steal OUR constitutional 2nd amendment rights ‘for the common good’ (Hillary)

      Last time I CHECKED, That’s a false flag attack on the American people and an humanitarian crisis on the Mexicans, of which they’ve admitted to which means they’ve committed HIGH treason. Both are traitors manipulating people’s lives to steal OUR rights.

      Our founders gave us weapons to defend ourselves from the tyrannical government more than they did for Leroy the crack dealer and his dealer Paco.

  • Chuey


  • mr.poutine

    umm, its not possible to “accidently” shoot a cannon, loading priming and lighting are quite the process.

    • ScottieDont

      It’s not uncommon to pack a cannon with gunpowder, load a solid steel cannonball, insert a fuse, introduce an ignition source while pointing it at a double-wide when tinkering with it. Clearly, this was a freak accident. Trillion-to-one odds.

      • Danny Boy

        Haha. Pretty funny stuff.

      • Christina39

        SCOTTIE (Am I surprised) You don;t load a cannon in a mobile park community. We are not having a civil WAR. Lose the arsenals.

      • David


        I’ll keep my arsenal and thank you to stop making directives. We may not be in a Civil war but we are just about to the Second American Revolution if not the First American Restoration. If you do not like armed civilians might I suggest China for your inevitable move out of the country. Thank you for your time making your stupid comments, now go f*ck yourself.

      • hitechsailor

        Christina, you might want to read Scottie’s comments again. Scarcasm is sometimes tough to see at first pass.

        Peronally, I’m still laughing at it.

      • Christina39

        To David. You are obviously already F&cked up, but you don’t try out your arsenals in a neighborhood with children, etc. ass*hole. And not when falling down drunk! Maybe if people like you did something constructive like vote instead of waiting for this elusive ‘REVOLUTION” things would improve. I keep hearing of the so called coming American ‘REVOLUTION”. Just who are you planning to fight? Get an education and stop collecting guns.

      • Christina39

        TO: gckings19 ‘GUILTY’

      • Jack Lee


        You are obviously blind to what is happening.

        The only reason Americans are still “somewhat free” is the weapons we have so keep your idiotic ideas to yourself. There is no economic recovery. We are a nation of food stamps and moochers who rob from the middle class. That will be changing, either we collapse as a country or we will be free.

        That is the reality that you have overlooked. More personal weapons! That’s what we all need.

      • gckings19

        christina….sarcasm takes some intelligence to understand. i guess you didnt pass the test.

      • MorganGray

        @Christina39, Constructive? Such as?
        Trespassing on private property?
        Stealing the hard earned wealth of productive Americans so you can give it to the lazy class?
        Bad-mouthing big corporations while blogging on your expensive laptop, or iPad?
        Voting for politicians who have nothing but contempt for the Constitution?
        Hating people of faith?
        Destroying Constitutionally guaranteed rights of Free Exercise of Religion, Free Speech, Peacable Assembly, all the while appropriating those rights solely unto yourself?
        That kind of constructive?
        Listen, sister, I’ve walked this rock long enough to remember when your idols (and I mean that in the religious and pejorative sense) thought revolution was a good thing. Now the shoe is on the other foot, you want to keep your slice and deny it to everyone else.

      • Chief Kent Kirk

        That he loaded, aimed and fired the cannon, is not so much of a mystery as is how he got her to stand in front of it at the exact moment:

        “Hey Rosalie! C’mere fer a seckint!”

      • Get Real

        I HATE when that happens!
        @ Christina–Those black “roots” on your blonde head aren’t because you’re overdue for a dye job. They’re skid marks. Apparently Scottie’s comments went over your head.

      • ablecynic

        Scottie, happens all the time down here in Georgia. Couple of double-wides a week go up in flames after a cannon barrage in honor of Sherman’s march to the sea. LOL! Liked your post!

    • mmercier

      A friend of mine shot himself in the head loading a tennis ball cannon fueld with acetone.

    • Mark

      Well oopsy daisy! I shot off a few cannons, eight incher, 105, 155 and before I joined the Army I played with ‘toy’ cannons. It doesn’t take much thinking to know where to point the thing. Made a small one that’d shoot of 1/4″ ball and thought the neighbors garage wall would stop it. Wrong! The ball went through two walls and who knows what else. But we did aim it at the wall, and lit the fuse and boomers. Neighbor never asked us if we done it. Probably to afraid. Today we’d get 15 to life.

      • Sure Shot

        You actually used to be able to buy a working minature scale cannon through mail order. Had like a 1/4″ bore. Might have been Edmund’s Scientific Co.. Used gunpowder, the whole nine yards. Like you said, you’d have the FBI, ATF,and Homeland Security at your house if you set it off today.

    • TazMan50

      It certainly is, provided the prep work is accomplished prior to the drinking bout!!

  • freecheese

    So goes the common perception that ALL trailer park Rednecks live in the Deep South !

    • Gene

      Although, you can’t get any further south in California than the Mexican border…

    • Get Real

      Thank you!

  • Joe Doakes

    Read a story once. A guy was once nagged into installing cable in the bedroom. He did it with a .45. When he came into the bedroom. Their was his wife. Dead. But at least she had cable in the bedroom.

  • BayAreaBill

    Have they been charged with negligent homicide and terminal stupidity yet?

    • Get Real

      Terminal stupidity. I like it, but we’d better build bigger jails.

  • JD

    “accident”.. lol

  • JD

    Hey, hold my beer while I light this..

    • constitution First

      You beat me to the punchline, dog.

    • Christina39


  • Rob

    You know you just can’t make stuff like this up.

  • Joe

    I’m with David on this one. We all need to build a cannon. And we are in a civil war. It was declared on us on 9/11/2001, the day that Washington insiders and some international covert groups bombed the WTC, Pentagon and did whatever they did at Shanksville. Not a plane though as there was no plane debris, nobody contracted to pick it up etc. Phone calls from plane were faked and plane engine on street in NYC was not from a 757.

    • Christina39

      Just a guess. But I bet you and David are on different sides.

    • Get Real

      Your tin foil hat needs some adjustment, pardner.

      • beazr

        its mylar idiot

    • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

      @ Mr Joe….GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!Tired of hearing that bs about 9/11. Your a moron.

  • Savannah Guy

    Gosh golly, Miss Molly — there sure is a lot of hostility out there with these comments!

    The only morals I can see in this story are the old rules: never mix alcohol with guns! Even really BIG guns…

    And never point a gun at anything you do not wish to destroy.

    Sad, very sad…

    • Rupert Pupkin

      ….what, the incident or the people in this forum??

      • Christina39

        Give credit where credit is due. THAT WAS FUNNY!

  • Pete McHugh

    Cannons don’t kill people. People kill people.

    • jstain

      There needs to be tough Cannon laws! if only one person is saved…

      • Abilene

        Yep. That did it for me. When I get home tonight, I’m going to put the lanyard lock back on my cannon.

      • Sure Shot

        Next, people will want concealed carry permits.

  • Yo Yo Ma

    Christina39, you sound like FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

  • Christina39

    TO MORGANGRAY – Everything you said is a contradiction.

    Bad-mouthing big corporations while blogging on your expensive laptop, or iPad?

    Hating people of faith?

    Yes you are correct, except for the expensive laptop and IPad.

  • Jsmith90

    “Officials say the area, which is near the Mexican border, is known for unusual activity.”

    Yep! If this is an example, you’re right.

    • common man

      the same thing could be said about my bedroom !

      • Wiseguy

        Your bedroom is near the Mexican border?

      • Billy Bob

        Why? Did it go off too soon?

  • J.D.

    I’d be more shocked if a drunk guy shooting a cannon in a trailer park didn’t at least maim himself or someone else. I’d say the outcome of that afternoon was pretty much an “even money” bet.

    • Gerry

      Yup, good comment.

    • jstain

      yep, no takers here.

  • Alko

    Why would somebody living very close to the Mexican border want to have a cannon outside their house????

    • J.D.

      There wasn’t room inside?

      • jstain

        my guess too.

      • Get Real

        Must have been a single wide.

    • Abilene

      Just remembering the Alamo?

  • Snertly

    Cannons don’t kill people. Drunken cannoneers kill people.

    • BobS

      Now THAT’s funny!

    • Billy Bob

      Cannons don’t kill people, they blow ’em to bits!

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  • Christina39

    TO J.D.. So the soluton is to have the same old, same old, Why not have a president who values work ethics and education instead of handouts.

    • Coop

      I so want to tap that. You are my kind of lady.

  • Winkle

    The stupidest things always happens down in Diego County and I thought Los Angeles was bad.

  • kilgore trout

    remember the alamo suckers !!

  • kilgore trout

    remember the alamo suckers !!

  • kathy

    I would just like to know how this evening of drunken stupidity, (which is obvious if we are going by the story posted) turned into a political discussion. Weapons, no weapons what ever floats your boat, if you are drinking…might not be a good time to experiment with them. How sad for the poor woman who lost her life, to me that should be the lesson in this story.

    • Ashley

      How about the 4 year old who saw it happen??? Scarred for life!

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