Washington County man accused of shooting his wife

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CHIPLEY, Fla. (WMBB) — Moss Hill Road in Chipley is mostly quiet with only the sound of passing cars.

But around 7:20 on Monday morning, the calm was disturbed by a single gunshot coming from one of the houses.

“We received a 911 call from an individual saying that he had accidentally shot his wife,” Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews said.

That individual is 70-year-old Dennis Alan Berrigan. Crews said Berrigan and his wife were fighting all night on Sunday.

“He had actually showed up at one of the neighbors’ houses last night drinking heavily and complaining about his wife about the arguing and so on and so forth,” Sheriff Crews said.

Crews said the neighbors explained Mr. Berrigan was upset about finances. He said they were allegedly arguing over social security money.

The argument continued into Monday morning, and that’s when Berrigan allegedly shot his wife, 61-year-old Judy Ann Berrigan, on the left side of her chest.

“It’s domestic violence, obviously, related,” Crews said. “Any time, you know, nobody deserves to be treated like that obviously, but call law enforcement. It doesn’t take us very long and we’ll be there.”

Crews said Mrs. Berrigan is being cooperative with the investigation and is expected to fully recover from her wound.

Mr. Berrigan is being held in the Washington County Jail on attempted murder charges.

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