Post office shooting: Warning signs of domestic abuse were there
By: Noël McLaren
Family and friends of post office shooting victim, Harold Davis say the warning signs of domestic violence from ex-girlfriend Arianne Myles were evident at home.
“We actually had security remove her from the property once,” said father Harold Davis Sr.
Davis’ boss points out that the signs were also at work.
“The only thing in the world that he was scared of is her,” said Alicia Culberhouse, manager at AT&T in Riverside, where Harold worked. “That’s what he told me last week.”
But Action News has learned that the signs that could have prevented this tragic shooting may have been swept under the rug all because the victim in this case, Davis, was a man.
“Men are not as forward about talking about what’s going on in their relationships,” said Jacksonville Hubbard House CEO Ellen Siler.
Siler says domestic violence against men is real, and a growing problem in Jacksonville.
“Fifteen percent of the police reports locally, it is a man who is being victimized by a woman,” said Siler.
In fact, the Hubbard House counseled more than 500 men who came forward about their abuse last year.
“Every one of those men was brave enough to come forward and say ‘I’m in a bad situation’ and seek help and they’re alive today,” said Siler.
Davis’ family recalls Myles stalking their home and acting jealous.
“Looking back, that probably really did mean something was wrong,” said Davis’ father.
Signs that could have saved his life, and now serve as a warning to other men.
“Domestic violence can turn deadly at any time,” said Siler.