Fadel Jabado, 55, is in a Florida prison with a life sentence after he shot his wife, son, and forced police into a 7-hour standoff after his wife asked for a divorce and wanted to sell the house. Now Jabado is asking to be released and allowed to visit Mecca.
“I would like for you to consider my history as a US citizen, and the sacrifices I made for my family who have in the future as a Muslim requires in our lifetime to go to Mecca Pilgrimage,” Jabado begged in the court room.
But Judge Stephen Millan told him, “You’re not getting out, it’s life.”
A Florida man went on a shooting rampage in South Dade in fear that he would lose his wife and home. Fadel Jabado, 55, went on a shooting spree because his wife asked for a divorce and he feared losing his house, according to the arrest warrant.
Authorities say Jabado is an ice cream truck driver who killed his wife and son. He shot real estate lawyer Larry Harshman, 59, because he was helping his wife sell the family estate.
Jabado was eventually shot by officers in a tense, seven hour standoff. Harshman survived the rampage, but was left fighting for his life, reports Miami Herald.
The standoff started when authorities were called into Harshman’s law office after witnesses said Jabado entered and demanded to see the attorney. The two went into a conference room where Jabado shot Harshman numerous times.
Officers say the shooting was caught on film. Cops then ran to Jabado’s home, where no one answered, so they banged on the doors. When they peeked inside a back window, the officers say Bassima’s lifeless body on the kitchen floor. The officers went inside and discerned Ahmad dead in the bedroom.
A GPS tracker located Jabado in a field. When the police arrived, Jabado shot at them twice with a 9 mm gun. Officers and SWAT members spent several hours negotiating with Jabado before he “opened his vehicle door and pointed his firearm at personnel from [the Special Response Team].”
Four cops discharged their weapons, shooting Jabado “multiple” times. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he recuperated.
Jabado pled guilty to all counts of murder and told the court that he ‘lost it’ when his wife announced she was leaving.
He had thought that his wife and son planned to leave him alone with no money and no home.