Audio: Mom on 911 call before fatal shooting

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

In the moments before Ebony Byrom’s husband reportedly shot her to death, she pleaded for him to leave their Macomb Township home.

“You need to go,” Byrom is heard saying during a 911 call around 1 a.m. Saturday. “You need to leave ... because I have a child here.”

Byrom, who sounded calm during the call, then explained to the Macomb County Sheriff’s dispatcher that she had had a dispute with her husband, Hal Byrom, and that he was being “real disrespectful.”

When the operator asked if there were weapons in the home, Ebony Byrom said “it is” and “they’re in the bedroom.”

The operator then asked what kind of weapon was in the home. Ebony Byrom initially said "I really don't know what it is" but then acknowledged that "it is a gun."

"Do you know if it's locked up?" the operator asked.

"No, it's not," Ebony Byrom responded.

About 10 seconds later, 11 gun shots are heard on the call. Police say Hal Byrom shot Ebony Byrom 10 times before shooting himself once in the neck.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony M. Wickersham played part of the 911 call for reporters Monday, and released the full tape to the public on Tuesday.

Ebony Byrom’s 16-year-old son, who was in the home during the shooting, was not injured.

Ebony Byrom, 38, died at the scene and Hal Byrom, 44, is hospitalized and unconscious, but expected to survive.

Wickersham said the Sheriff’s Office had no record of prior domestic violence calls to the couple’s home on the 16600 block of County Ridge Lane.

They had been married since August 2015.

Wickersham said the couple’s dispute may have been over financial issues but that hasn’t been confirmed.

“He (Hal Byrom) wanted to grab a bunch of stuff for the evening and leave,” Wickerham said. “It was late, she had her son in the house. Basically, she wanted him to leave and come back at another time.”

The .40 caliber handgun recovered at the scene was registered to Hal Byrom.

The 16-year-old, who was Ebony Byrom’s son from a previous relationship, is staying with a relative.

He was in his room playing video games during the shooting and called 911 when he discovered his mother and stepfather on the floor with gunshot wounds, Wickersham said.

“At that time a second dispatcher now had to talk to the young man and get him explicit instructions on what to do and how to get out of the house,” Wickersham said. “Because we already had the house surrounded and deputies were really trying to figure out what was going on.”

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has secured a first-degree murder warrant for Hal Byrom but can’t arraign him until he regains consciousness, Wickersham said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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