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. mike in San diego says:

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

    1. nickz_cannon says:

      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.

    2. fred says:

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

      1. TheOldCannonInTheHomeStory says:

        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

    3. Mike says:

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

      1. carl says:

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

    4. ablecynic says:

      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.

    5. we says:

      A cannon along the border, excellent!

    6. tommco says:

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

    7. Chester says:

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

    8. Mark says:

      Yeah cause that only happens in mobile homes right mike?

  2. Señor Loco says:

    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.

    1. little ricky says:

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

    2. Christina39 says:

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

      1. J.D. says:

        Perhaps Jack Lee has common sense?

      2. Get Real says:

        Okay. That explains a lot.


    4. jstain says:

      “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.

    5. New York Nick says:

      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.

  3. Chuey says:


  4. mr.poutine says:

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

    1. ScottieDont says:

      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.

      1. Christina39 says:

        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.

      2. David says:


        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.

      3. hitechsailor says:

        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.

      4. Christina39 says:

        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.

      5. gckings19 says:

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

      6. Christina39 says:

        TO: gckings19 ‘GUILTY’

      7. Jack Lee says:


        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.

      8. MorganGray says:

        @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.

      9. Danny Boy says:

        Haha. Pretty funny stuff.

      10. Get Real says:

        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.

      11. ablecynic says:

        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!

      12. Chief Kent Kirk says:

        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!”

    2. TazMan50 says:

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

    3. Mark says:

      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.

      1. Sure Shot says:

        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.

    4. mmercier says:

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

  5. freecheese says:

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

    1. Get Real says:

      Thank you!

    2. Gene says:

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

  6. Joe Doakes says:

    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.

    1. J.D. says:

      She should have opted for a satellite dish!

    2. jimbo says:

      Now, that’s funny!

  7. BayAreaBill says:

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

    1. Get Real says:

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

  8. JD says:

    “accident”.. lol

  9. JD says:

    Hey, hold my beer while I light this..

    1. Christina39 says:


    2. constitution First says:

      You beat me to the punchline, dog.

  10. Rob says:

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

  11. Joe says:

    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.

    1. Christina39 says:

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

    2. Get Real says:

      Your tin foil hat needs some adjustment, pardner.

      1. beazr says:

        its mylar idiot

    3. FidelityBraveryIntegrity says:

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

  12. Savannah Guy says:

    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…

    1. Rupert Pupkin says:

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

      1. Christina39 says:

        Give credit where credit is due. THAT WAS FUNNY!

  13. Pete McHugh says:

    Cannons don’t kill people. People kill people.

    1. jstain says:

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

      1. Abilene says:

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

      2. Sure Shot says:

        Next, people will want concealed carry permits.

  14. Yo Yo Ma says:

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

  15. Christina39 says:

    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.

  16. Jsmith90 says:

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

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

    1. common man says:

      the same thing could be said about my bedroom !

      1. Billy Bob says:

        Why? Did it go off too soon?

      2. Wiseguy says:

        Your bedroom is near the Mexican border?

  17. J.D. says:

    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.

    1. jstain says:

      yep, no takers here.

    2. Gerry says:

      Yup, good comment.

  18. Alko says:

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

    1. J.D. says:

      There wasn’t room inside?

      1. jstain says:

        my guess too.

      2. Get Real says:

        Must have been a single wide.

    2. Abilene says:

      Just remembering the Alamo?

  19. Snertly says:

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

    1. BobS says:

      Now THAT’s funny!

    2. Billy Bob says:

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

  20. Christina39 says:

    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.

    1. Coop says:

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

  21. Winkle says:

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

  22. kilgore trout says:

    remember the alamo suckers !!

  23. kilgore trout says:

    remember the alamo suckers !!

  24. kathy says:

    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.

    1. Ashley says:

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

  25. Jorge says:

    No name = Mexican

  26. Marianne7 says:

    wow. a bit racist much? “oh, drunk, from Tx, fired cannon, stupid. OBVIOUSLY WHITE TRASH! OMG!” NObody else lives there. or if they do, they are all saintly. Have you joined your local chapter of neonazis yet? Stop by and leave your name and address with you local law enforcement so they can check in with you next time there’s a hate crime in you neighborhood.

    1. Tacitus7 says:

      Let’s withhold judgment, shall we, until we see the indictment and mug shot.

      1. Get Real says:

        I’m waiting for the reinactment on “1000 Ways to Die”.

  27. Snarky Malarkey says:

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


    What’s so unusual about offing your wife with a cannon?

    I though all husbands did this at one time or another…

  28. New York Nick says:

    I’m a Chicagoland weapons owner legal all the way, 47 years old, been around guns of all types all my life as has been my father and his father and his father before him, since the advent of the modern weapon.

    None of us have ever been casually injured during that time other than in wars (not me) and it’s all in the safety practiced. That being said:

    Having a functional cannon in your home that’s packed and loaded with black powder is beyond stupid. Thank you.

    1. Get Real says:

      It’s especially stupid when you have the cannon aimed AT your house.

    2. Winston says:

      It was powder from fireworks. Not black powder. Obviously an amateur. Just wanted to clarify that point. I don’t want my supply of black powder shut down. More than likely, the “cannon” was not properly secured. One scenario would have him lighting the fuse, and while getting away bumping the unsecured “cannon” in the direction of the manufactured mobile housing. Hence the “accidental” firing of the “cannon” into the domicile. (As of yesterday, I only have about 6 pounds of black powder.)

  29. Christina39 says:

    TO GET REAL: And you obviously didn’t read or can’t put long lines of posts together because that was resolved an hour ago.

    1. Get Real says:

      Ouch! That hurt–especially coming from someone who can’t decide what side of the political fence she’s on.

  30. fred says:

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

  31. Inspector Clouseau says:

    Oh the old “My cannon went off by mistake” ploy.

  32. Coop says:

    I want to bang Christina.

    1. common man says:

      don’t we all brother, don’t we all

    2. kilgore trout says:

      with a cannon

      1. Christina39 says:

        That’s cold

  33. dan says:

    Who is this guy, Davey Crockett?

  34. Ken Boyd says:

    This story is proof of the GOP’s war on women. LOL.

    1. Todd says:

      Funniest line of the day and I’m a Republican

  35. Christina39 says:

    We are all having too much fun on this site. A woman was killed and that is sad.

    1. Forest says:

      But had she had government mandated contraception she would have been protected

  36. John Birch says:

    When cannons are outlawed only outlaws will have cannons.

    1. dan says:

      Classic John!

  37. gymno says:

    Well, I think if the guy gets away with this, you’re going to see cannon sales skyrocket

    1. kilgore trout says:

      governor’s award winner for “funny”

  38. Historyshowsus says:

    I’m sure this will prompt a liberal legislation writing frenzy because this kind of thing happens so often.

  39. Christina39 says:

    I am serious. Do you need a license to own a cannon? Did he have a license?

    1. kilgore trout says:

      you only have to have a license to carry a ” concealed cannon “

    2. Abilene says:

      Nah, it was a Fast and Furious purchase.

      1. Christina39 says:

        Then he had an unlawful weapon and used it while intoxicated resulting in a death. He is looking at big big charges here.

    3. gobigorgohome says:

      is that a cannon in your pocket?

  40. trailorparkboiz says:

    this never would of happened if he would of spent the extra money on the double wide that she wanted in the first place.

  41. Liver Lips says:

    Look at the bright side, his mobile home now has a outdoor patio.

  42. marg1 says:

    Do those guys vote?

  43. Matman says:

    to Christina 39 “I am serious. Do you need a license to own a cannon? Did he have a license?”….he sure did have a license. He went down to the local DMV office, took the test and drove the cannon with a DMV official. He was issued a restricted Cannon License. Too bad he didn’t know he was not supposed to fire it. But he did have a license….geez, they give licenses to anybody now days….

    1. Christina39 says:

      He no doubt will lose his license because someone was killed. The DMV won’t tolerate using a cannon while drinking/

  44. tnmccoy says:

    Accident? I don’t think so. Seems he did just what he wanted and killed his wife. This should be a homicide investigation.

    1. Sgt Bilko says:

      Next times he yells bring me a beer, maybe she’ll listen. Oops, then again, perhaps not.

  45. wxman says:

    Christina seems to be able to handle all the comments regarding her very well. That’s all I need to know. She has to be intelligent, confident and probably smokin”.

    1. Christina39 says:

      Not smokin”. Having a glass of Reisling. It’s my day off!!!!!

  46. Abilene says:

    This would be better with photos.

    1. Christina39 says:

      Maybe it is best to leave it the way it is!!!!!

    2. Sgt Bilko says:

      And Video!!

  47. dan says:

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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!!!

  50. dooky says:

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

  51. John Ritenour says:

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

  52. John Ritenour says:

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

  53. George says:

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

  54. BarnacleBillious says:

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

  55. stercuilus65 says:

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

    That says it all…

  56. RT says:

    Went out with a bang.

  57. 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.

  58. 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 .

  59. graciela says:

    damn white people always doing something stupid.

  60. 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.

  61. kilgore trout says:

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

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. Hunny Jones says:

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

  65. elmo says:

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

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