FAU Police Officer Allegedly Shot Escort Over Sex

Jimmy Dac Ho claims shooting of escort was in self defense

By Todd Wright
|  Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 5:31 PM EDT
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A Florida Atlantic University police officer was arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting that left a woman paralyzed.

Jimmy Dac Ho, 47, is charged with attempted murder for shooting Shari Carter and leaving the woman for dead in her Boynton Beach apartment Monday, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Ho, who patrolled FAU's campus for four years, told police that he had met 29-year-old Carter online and went to the woman's apartment to have sex. Then he got spooked and thought Carter was going to try and rob him, Ho claims.

Carter had a knife, Ho told police.

That's when he handcuffed the woman to her bed. Ho claims a struggled ensued and he shot the woman in the abdomen as she tried to take his gun. A second shot was fired, striking Carter in the neck.

"The defendant quickly then blurted that it was self defense and that she struggled with him over the gun," a police report of the incident said.

Police found Carter later Monday night after her boyfriend asked them to check on her. She underwent emergency surgery. She is paralyzed from the waist down.

Ho was placed on administrative leave from the FAU police force.

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