NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Quinisha Johnson remembers the boy she met in high school. “He had a really nice smile,” she said as she admitting still loving him — despite everything.READ MORE: Materials Shortage Affecting Major Infrastructure Projects In North Texas
Johnson said, “He’s put his hands on me, and I’ve forgiven him. He killed my dogs, and I’ve forgiven him. He shot at my mom’s house, and I’ve forgiven him.”
The 22-year-old wife said her husband, Ricci Bradden, has cheated, lied, and once choked her until she almost lost consciousness. But she never called police. “I know people will say I’m stupid when they see this, but I never wanted to see him in jail.”
Johnson said she saw the good in her husband and the circumstances he fought to overcome. “That’s a man who has a lot of hurt, who can’t let go ‘cause he was never taught to let go.”
She thought she was strong enough to handle the abuse. Then, Bradden left his assignment at Fort Hood and showed up at the Walgreens where Johnson worked Monday morning. She said he was angry over a selfie she had posted to Facebook and accused her of seeking the attention of others.
“I see him pull the gun and cock it and I just screamed, ‘no,’” she said.READ MORE: Robust Mosquito Season Predicted For North Texas
Johnson ran inside the building but felt the bullet hit her ankle. “I just fell on the floor and was begging people to close the door and lock the door because he was coming.”
It was only later that Johnson learned a stranger, named T.J. Antell, was killed trying to intervene. “He was just trying to make sure everyone was okay. He died being a hero.”
Johnson is grateful for Antell’s attempt to help, but heartbroken by his death. Now, after two months of marriage, Johnson said she plans to file for divorce.
Johnson has reached a tipping point and said she doesn’t believe she can survive giving Bradden another chance. “I don’t want to die because a man has insecurities. I don’t want to die because a man can’t control his anger.”
According to Johnson, her husband does not have a concealed handgun license, but felt entitled to carry a gun because he was in the U.S. Army. She said he joined last year, after repeated rejections, because he hoped to go to war and kill people.MORE NEWS: Juneteenth Being Celebrated At Various Events Throughout North Texas Saturday
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