By Tom Reopelle

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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Comments (178)
  1. dan says:

    Reminds me of the Andy Griffith episode…..
    “Barn you wanna buy that cannon?? ” Classic!

  2. Christina39 says:

    You wait and see and I AM NOT BEING FUNNY. This is going to start a copycat trend because the most he can get is manslaughter.

  3. snark says:

    At least she went doing what she loved – getting slammed by huge balls.

    1. Christina39 says:

      You don’t know that and shouldn’t speculate until all the facts are in!!!

  4. dooky says:

    Accident …my ass.
    He blew her away with the biggest gun he could build.
    Apunta Fuego!

  5. John Ritenour says:

    Well – At least the cannon didn’t have a bayonet lug or a ten round magazine!

  6. John Ritenour says:

    Well – at least it (the cannon) didn’t haave a bayonet lug or a magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds.

  7. George says:

    Is that a cannon in your pocket .. or are you just happy to see me?

  8. BarnacleBillious says:

    How was his wife killed? Did they blow up her meth lab?

  9. stercuilus65 says:

    “They had a large-sized hole in the side of the trailer,”

    That says it all…

  10. RT says:

    Went out with a bang.

  11. Astonished says:

    “It appears the accident happened after Richard Fox, 39, reportedly filled the cannon with powder from fireworks and was tinkering with it. It is unclear whether Fox was the victim’s boyfriend or husband.”

    The title to this article says it was her spouse which would imply husband. Boy, did she pick a winner!!

    1. Christina39 says:

      Not only that but the idiot had a four year in the trailer who thankfully was not hurt.

  12. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    Why couldn’t he just say I want a divorce.

    1. Christina39 says:

      For the oldest reason in the book. He would lose the trailer .

  13. graciela says:

    damn white people always doing something stupid.

  14. charles says:

    You might be a redneck if you’ve ever shot a cannon into a double wide.

    1. Christina39 says:

      It’s not a double or single wide. It’s a trailer on wheels.

      1. RT says:

        You might be a redneck if you ever bought a house and asked your uncle to help you take the wheels off it.

  15. kilgore trout says:

    I hope this guy has a good attorney, maybe an expert in Cannon Law

  16. Brian says:

    I like to see how the DA will handle this one to the person who fired the cannon HEY STUPID MORON you just added another twist for those who live in a trailer
    by the way not everyone is trailer trash I know hard decent workers that live in them

  17. jethro says:

    Obviously his own trailer was the only “safe” direction to have the cannon pointed. Drunken people sometimes do stupid things yet aloohol is legal and the real cause of this happening. Blame yeast.

    1. Christina39 says:

      It is illegal to use alcohol while using a weapon, But it is not illegal to ingest yeast while using a weapon so I think the alcohol thing will get him.

  18. Hunny Jones says:

    Wow talking about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, thats scary.

  19. elmo says:

    whatever happened to “Hi Honey, I’m Home”?????

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