Crestview, Florida

From the Northwest Florida Daily News of April 13, 2007

Police rule shooting of airman justifiable, will not charge wife

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it has determined that the shooting death of an Eglin airman by his wife was a “justifiable use of deadly force.”

No charges will be filed against Febia Wyza, 32, in the death of Eglin Tech. Sgt. James Wyza. The incident took place on March 9 around 8 a.m. at 6114 Magnolia Lane in the Crestview area.

The decision by the Sheriff’s Office was made based on evidence at the scene, the findings of the medical examiner, information gathered during the investigation, statements from Febia Wyza, and a history of domestic violence between the couple. Investigators say Febia Wyza had been a victim of domestic violence for several years.

On the day of the shooting, Febia Wyza said James Wyza came home from work, struck her, slammed her into a wall, and attacked her with a knife, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Febia Wyza hit James Wyza in the groin, went to a bedroom to get a gun, and then went into a bathroom where James Wyza confronted her, the release said.

Febia Wyza said she then shot James Wyza four times with a .357 magnum revolver. Febia Wyza said she and James Wyza had been arguing over her plans to move to St. Augustine with their two children, according to the release.

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