The authorities are inundated with reports of potentially dangerous people, making it a challenge for them to identify who is actually a threat, said Jonathan Metzl, the director of the department of medicine, health and society at Vanderbilt University. Families have the burden of proving that the person they are warning the authorities about is worth monitoring. That may be why law enforcement officials didn’t notice someone like Mr. Wall, Dr. Metzl said.
“Of course they’re going to blame it on the family because otherwise it would be their fault for not doing something,” Dr. Metzl said.
A Palm Beach County sheriff’s spokeswoman, Teri Barbera, said on Monday that Ms. Wall made one report to the Sheriff’s Office about Mr. Wall, in May 2019. According to the incident report, Ms. Wall said that Mr. Wall was an alcoholic, owned a gun and hadn’t worked in two years.
Even though Ms. Wall had filed for divorce in 2017, Mr. Wall had not found a place to live and was still sharing a home with his former wife, according to the report. Sheriff’s deputies told Ms. Wall at the time that if she feared for her safety, she should “stay with friends” until she could evict Mr. Wall.
He was evicted from the home the couple shared in West Palm Beach later in 2019, court records show. Mr. Wall filed for bankruptcy protection in January.
Mr. Wall filed a complaint of his own against Ms. Wall in June 2019, saying that Ms. Wall picked up their daughter at school and “ran away” with the child.
Ms. Wall's lawyer told deputies that Mr. Wall had no parental rights over their daughter, the report said.
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