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“I Didn’t Want To But It Had To Be Done”: Details Emerge in Husband’s Alleged Shooting of His Wife

| December 4, 2014

The couple's mailbox at their Cherry Lane home in the Mondex. (© FlaglerLive)

The couple’s mailbox at their Cherry Lane home in the Mondex. (© FlaglerLive)

More details have emerged from the night Jonathan Canales is alleged to have shot his wife in their Mondex home on Nov. 15, then apparently lied to police about the succession of events leading up to the shooting and the nearly three hours that elapsed before Norman was able to call 911.

Along the way, the account of the shooting in Canales’s unredacted arrest report, if true, point to a pronounced degree of callousness and brutality even after the shooting. Canales is at the Flagler County jail since Dec. 2, on charges of attempted first degree murder, depriving a victim of medical care and tampering with a witness. He also faces three counts of child neglect. He is being held on $125,000 bond.

“I need an ambulance right now,” Norman told the dispatcher three hours after being shot, though she didn’t know she’d been shot or what, exactly, was wrong with her.

Canales then grabbed the phone from her and told the dispatcher: “She shot herself in the head. She was trying to commit suicide and I wouldn’t let her,” he said. “I just came home from work and she was bleeding all over the place. She was bleeding all over the place and all over the kitchen and I just came home at 8:30.”

“Stop lying,” Norman is heard saying in the background. When the dispatcher asks where the gun is, Canales first says it’s “over on Maple,” then says it’s “over the bed.” Asked where Norman was just then, he answers that she was in the bathroom, then adds: “I’m a disabled war veteran I didn’t do anything besides coming home from work, and when I came home from work, unlocked the door, I heard a loud pop and I fuckin’, I found my 22 come in, like she had it right up against her head.”

Did you see her shoot herself, the dispatcher asks. “Do what, no ma’am,” Canales replies. “I came in from work and she had my 22 up against her head.” He stayed on the phone until deputies arrived at the scene. He was dressed in nothing more than a pair of green boxer shorts.

Speaking to a deputy in person, Canales’s story changed quite radically from what he had just told the dispatcher. He said he’d been outside, working in his shed, and that Norman had been “bitching” a lot about her home life lately, and that when he walked into the house he saw her with a 22 to her head. As he approached her, he said, she shot herself in the neck. The reporting deputy noted the inconsistencies in the arrest report.

You don’t know how many easy ways there are to kill you and nobody would know about it.

Not more of that initial interview was reported in the arrest report. Rather, deputies walked through the trailer and found two loaded handguns outside Norman’s three children’s bedroom door, which would prove to be the reason Canales was originally charged with three counts of child neglect. They also saw “a large area of pooled blood in the hallway area and several spots of blood throughout the residence.”

Subsequently (the arrest report does not specify the date) Canales agreed to be interviewed at the sheriff’s investigative division. He was video taped. He said he’d been working in the garage from noon to 7:30 in the evening until he went to a room in back of the trailer to play billiards for a while. When he left that room, he said, he saw Norman at the edge of a mattress on the floor in the living room, with a Remington 22 pointed at her head. He said he approached her and attempted to move the gun away from her, but as he did so “it popped.” At first he thought the weapon had missed because he said he saw Norman act “perfectly normal,” but then he saw blood everywhere.

The couple, Canales claimed, began cleaning up the blood together and, Canales said, she appeared to “be okay with it.” But 10 or 15 minutes later Canales decided it best to call 911 and get Norman treatment, he claims.

Jonathan Canales is at the Flagler County jail on $125,000 bond.

Jonathan Canales is at the Flagler County jail on $125,000 bond.

The arrest report details accounts by Norman that had not been known before, based on her interview with an investigator on Nov. 25, from her hospital bed. She told the investigator that she’d been having dinner, shortly after she put her three children to bed, when Canales walked behind her, with the 22 allegedly strapped to his chest. He made himself a drink. He then stood by the fridge and according to Norman, told her: “You don’t know how many easy ways there are to kill you and nobody would know about it.”

He then walked back to the living room before approaching her from behind and again said: “I could kill you and nobody would even know about it, not even your family.”

It was then that she heard a pop, but at first assumed that Canales had walked away. She then felt the sharp pain in her neck and passed out.

When she came to, she tried to get up but her body wouldn’t cooperate. Canales picked her up. As he did so, he told her–according to Norman–“I didn’t want to but it had to be done.” He then took her to the bathroom. She felt as if she were being flung around. She said he threw her on the side of the tub before taking off all her clothes and placing her inside the tub, again saying: “It had to be done but you’re not going to ruin my life over this.” Norman was begging for an ambulance, or for Canales to call her mother. Canales said he would, but that he had top “clean all this up first.”

But he didn’t. Instead, he told her: “You’re not ruining my life over this stupid nonsense. I’m not going to jail for you for this. It’s not my fault, it’s your fault.” He turned off the bathroom light, stepped out and closed the door, leaving Norman in the tub.

Norman mustered some strength to get up and put on clothes she’d found on the bathroom floor, got out and, not finding her phone, used Canales’s to call 911 until he took the phone from her. She would later tell police that he never rendered any help after the shooting. An earlier account of the shooting related her description of the day, when she took the children to the park on foot after Canales refused to let her use the car, after which she and the children were locked out of the trailer for an hour before Canales allowed them back in, just before dinner.

Investigators estimate that the shooting took place at 8 p.m. The call to 911 was placed at 10:45 p.m. No blood was located on Canales’s person even though he said he’d helped care for Norman after the shooting, dressing her wound and washing her. He told police he’d not washed or bathed afterward. “All physical evidence on the scene contradicts the account of the incident as described by Mr. Canales and it supports the account of the incident as described by Ms. Norman,” the arrest report states.

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10 Responses for ““I Didn’t Want To But It Had To Be Done”: Details Emerge in Husband’s Alleged Shooting of His Wife”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Remove the children from this home. Neither of these parents can be trusted to have their best interests in mind, at this point.

    • john gibson says:

      tiffanie is my oldest niece i have been told every bit of this horror out of her mouth unless you have feared for your life and your childrens lives and lived to talk about it and have to start over with just your life and the grace of GOD dont judge tiffanie for a madmans actions my great nephews are safe with their mom and my family so if you want to help tiffanieand my great nephews have nothing but what we have managed to aquire please call me john gibson 3862148536

  2. Informed says:

    No matter what his excuse is….some people are just bad to the bone. He needs to get a life sentence. I hope there’s no plea bargaining.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not making excuses, he deserves what he gets. All I will say is he has had serious emotional issues all his life. He is mentally disturbed if anyone ever was. I pray for Tiffany and her family.

  3. anonymouse says:

    125,000$ bond????!!!!

  4. Thorn says:

    Momma’s don’t let your babies grow up to be Mondexer’s

  5. Bethechange says:

    Tiffany sounds like a kind and generous soul who has been trapped in a horrible, no-win situation. To be the victim of such a horrific crime, at the hands of the person she’d hope to trust the most in this word is heartbreaking. How, Anonymous has she demonstrated unfit parenting behavior? She needs the support of a compassionate community and famiy. I have been praying for her and her precious children since reading about the crime and will be calling, as l hope many will do. Walk a mile in someones’s shoes before judging.

  6. Anonymous says:

    She can seek counsel from a Domestic Violence program. Those programs help many victims of Domestic Violence devise a “safety Plan” which can be put in effect to help victims of violence remove themselves from the harmful reach of their abuser. This man may be a sick individual but he has choices to make as well. He has, so far, chosen, apparently, not to seek the help he needs and instead vents his problematic impulses against those closest to him–which, unfortunately, is often the case with violently sick people. Add alcohol and drugs into the mix, and you have tragedy in the making. As kind and caring as your friend may be, she is simply not acting as a fit parent at this point. Therefore, the children, regrettably, should be removed from her care until she can act in accordance to their best interests (not to mention, her own.) Believe me, if one of her children should die or become seriously physically or psychiatrically injured as a result of being in this environment (how could they not be), she will not be happy with the situation–or herself. Once physically recovered from her current injuries, Tiffany needs serious help that can help her make better choices in the future. Perhaps you can support her in those efforts.

  7. Kimberly Gibson says:

    Well said John, Tiffany is our niece and no one has the right to judge her, she is an amazing young lady and has the support of all her family. Tiffany Uncle Roy and I love you and be strong for the boys!

    • Debbie Merriman says:

      tiffany norman is my neighbor and my friend… she took very good care of them boys . we all make mistakes but her being mother to them 3 boys was not one of them. I wish her the best future she can have. everyone in the neighborhood stands behind you.

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