BEAUMONT — KFDM/Fox 4 has obtained a Probable Cause Affidavit used to charge a suspect with murdering his wife, a longtime probation officer, and shooting at another man, and the PC states that a security camera at a business captured video of the suspect firing at both of them.
Ashley Barlow, 37, was shot multiple times shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, October 23 in the 600 block of Langham Circle, off College near Langham. She died at the scene. The other man wasn’t struck and was unhurt.
Ashley Barlow’s husband, Terry Barlow, 53, is jailed on charges of Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Justice of the Peace Ben Collins Sr. set bond at $1 million on the Murder charge and $500,000 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, the Barlows were married but separated. A witness told police Terry Barlow was angry with his wife, went to a business where he found her and began arguing with her. The witness said Terry Barlow produced a gun during the dispute but left and drove away in his truck.
“The suspect did not stay gone long,” according the affidavit. He came back and the second time he chased his wife and the other man and fired multiple shots. Police say Ashley Barlow had several gunshot wounds to her chest area and died at the scene. Terry Barlow left in his truck but came back and surrendered. Officers took him to the police station to speak with detectives. They read him the Miranda warning and say he understood and agreed to tell them what had taken place.
“He advised he had placed a GPS tracker on his wife’s vehicle and that is how he knew where she was,” stated the affidavit. “He advised he was planning to kill himself but that did not happen. He stated he had taken his wife’s 380 handgun and had it in his pocket. He also possessed his Smith and Wesson 40 caliber and that he really messed up, that he ruined his life and his children’s life. He told officers that he discarded the 380 on Laurel but was not sure where the 40 was. He wanted to make things right. The murder and the aggravated assault were also captured on a security camera system. The video clearly showed the suspect confront both victims, yelling could be heard. The suspect drives away but comes back. He is seen shooting at both victims. The male victim ran and hid behind the business and the female tried to run but he chased after her. She could be heard screaming and pleading at him to stop.”
The Jefferson County Probation Department says Ashley Barlow was hired there for a clerical position in April 2012. She earned a degree and was promoted to probation officer in February 2016. She was one of about 41 total officers and one of the roughly 100 employees in the department.
“She was well liked and a good officer,” said a spokesperson. “We are saddened. She was always very pleasant and had a smile for everyone.”
Written by KFDM/FOX4