Soldier Shoots Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

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FT LEONARD WOOD, MO — Military police were called last night to the home of U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Maddox, after an altercation involving his wife Karen and a large man in a red suit.

Neighbors provided Duffel Blog with a description of the events as they heard them.

“Well, I’m sitting on my porch having a cigarette, and I hear such a clatter of screaming,” begins neighbor Reevis Jenkins.

“Suddenly, I hear Danny [Maddox] yelling, ‘Oh fuck no, I didn’t go through four deployments to come home to this shit. You promised last time would be the last time. Well I can guaran-damn-tee you this shit won’t be happening again. And you stand the fuck still, fat man. You’re next.’”

At that point, according to Reevis, he heard multiple gunshots, and he called the police.

Police have already released the transcript of the 911 call from the Maddox’s six year-old son, who called during the commotion. His name is being withheld for privacy reasons.



According to the transcripts, the dispatcher asked the boy where he was.

“I was supposed to be in bed. But it was Christmas Eve, so I went downstairs to see what Santa brought me,” the boy told the 911 emergency operator.

“What did you see?” the dispatcher asked.

“I saw my Mommy under the mistletoe kissing Santa,” the boy said.

“And then what happened?” the dispatcher asked.

“At first, I thought it would be funny if Daddy had come home and seen it, but then he did come home and it wasn’t funny at all,” the young boy sobbed.

This was apparently not the first time police had been called to the Maddox residence.

Apparently the previous Christmas, Maddox had to be physically restrained after screaming at his wife, “I see you when you’re sleeping! I know when you’re awake! I know when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

Maddox remains in custody and refused to provide comment to Duffel Blog, saying only that he still loved his wife and was hopeful that they could work it out.

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David Brooks

Dave is a former Marine intelligence specialist and PowerPoint pro. He now attends school in New England where he writes op-eds for the NY Times on Tuesdays and Fridays.