Couple dead in shooting outside First Baptist Church in Bossier City

| September 1, 2011

BOSSIER CITY — Angela Haltom, the woman killed by her estranged husband outside the Bossier City church where she worked, spent the last three months in fear of her estranged husband, seeking a variety of legal channels to try to keep him away from her, court documents show.

The system ultimately failed her and her homicidal estranged husband killed her.

Hours after she had gone to court on Tuesday to renew a protective order against her estranged husband, Mrs. Haltom, 44, was killed by a shotgun blast as she walked toward her car outside Bossier City's First Baptist Church, where she worked in the daycare.

Before she left the church after work, Mrs. Haltom had looked out the window to make sure her husband was not outside. But he was — crouched down in a leased car she wouldn't recognize.

Allan Haltom, 45, then turned the gun on himself.

Court records show that over the past 12 weeks, Mrs. Haltom was threatened by her husband, filed for divorce, got two protective orders and asked sheriff's deputies to check on her. He was placed in jail at one point but his lawyer convinced a judge to let him out:

— Haltom, 45, was arrested for threatening his wife this past June after the couple separated. Bossier Parish sheriff's deputies said he lured her to their home in Dogwood on June 5 under the pretense she could get some personal belongings while he was at work. Haltom, who was hiding inside an armoire, burst out and held her, their teenage daughter, her boyfriend and another person at gunpoint, deputies said. He eventually released the others but kept his estranged wife inside the locked home with him. Haltom was arrested June 9 for assault and kidnapping, with bond set at $155,000.

 

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