US SHOOTING: Major breakthrough in investigation into Queensland’s man shooting death in United States
Nearly four years after Queensland man Brenton Estorffe was fatally shot in his family’s Texas home, a man has been charged with his murder.
Estorffe‘s family are still grappling with the cruelty of the killing – believed to be a case of mistaken identity.
In a 911 call from the night Estorffe was shot, his wife Angelenna Estorffe begged for help.
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“Someone just broke into the house and shot my husband,” she said.
Her husband was bleeding out from a gunshot wound in the lounge room of their Texas home.
They had just celebrated the Sunshine Coast man’s 29th birthday.
Fort Bend County deputies responded to a call about a disturbance at the Estorffe’s home on October 16, 2019, at approximately 12:05am.
A window had allegedly been broken by the intruder, waking the family.
“Estorffe was shot to death in front of his family while confronting the intruder(s),” Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“The victim was protecting his wife and children.”
Police have now charged Houston man Jadon Ezra Carpy with Estorffe’s murder.
The 21-year-old was arrested on February 23 at his residence in Houston.
Sheriff Eric Fagan said Estorffe’s death was a tragedy.
“Although we cannot bring Mr Estorffe back to his family, the tireless efforts of our investigators to identify the suspect in the case don’t go unnoticed,” he said.
Congressman Troy Nehls, who was the County Sheriff in 2019, said Estorffe’s family was “totally startled”.
“And they got the wrong guy. They shot and killed the wrong guy,” he said.
“I’ll never forget this case.”
Detectives are still hunting for others involved and Estorffe’s father is determined they all face justice.
“We’ve suffered since day one,” Mike Estorffe said.
“And all those other people involved in this have had their Christmases and birthdays at home and enjoying their lives.”
Estorffe moved to America to chase his dream of becoming an NFL punter.
He married his sweetheart and had two children, who were home the night he was murdered.
“It doesn’t feel real,” his father said.
“Life’s cruel but you’ve got to be strong and get through it.”
-with Ashlee Mullany
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