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Ex-boyfriend shoots woman's new husband, Pasco deputies say

A man shot Britt Morford at Barrington Hills RV Resort in Hudson on Tuesday and then turned the gun on himself, deputies say. The men were taken to area hospitals.

MOLLY MOORHEAD | Times

A man shot Britt Morford at Barrington Hills RV Resort in Hudson on Tuesday and then turned the gun on himself, deputies say. The men were taken to area hospitals.

HUDSON — In the wee hours of her wedding night, Jaclyn Morford got a visit from her ex-boyfriend.

Brian Stanley Tittle rang the doorbell about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 23, and Jaclyn's new husband answered. "Merry Christmas," Tittle said, and spread his arms for a hug.

But when he learned that Jaclyn and Britt Morford had just tied the knot, according to court documents, Tittle lost it.

In a petition for a domestic violence injunction Jaclyn Morford filed the next week, she wrote that Tittle began punching Britt in the head. When Jaclyn jumped in to pull Tittle off, she wrote, he attacked her, punching her in the head and eye and cracking her ribs.

Authorities came and took Tittle, 44, to be hospitalized under the Baker Act, the petition says.

"I am afraid he will be back," she wrote in the petition Dec. 29.

Just before noon Tuesday, trouble erupted again at Lot 116 in Barrington Hills RV Resort on New York Avenue.

A man described by the Sheriff's Office as Jaclyn Morford's ex-boyfriend went to the house and began yelling for the couple to come out.

Jaclyn, 53, stayed inside, locking the doors. Britt went out to confront the man. That's when the ex-boyfriend shot Britt Morford, 58, the Sheriff's Office said, and stormed the house looking for Jaclyn, who had fled to a neighbor's.

Then the gunman turned the gun on himself.

Both men were alive but in critical condition Tuesday afternoon at area hospitals, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

He did not release the gunman's name because authorities are still trying to reach his family. He acknowledged that deputies had been called to the house before for the same unwelcome guest.

Just hours before the shooting, a Pasco circuit judge ruled on Jaclyn Morford's request for protection from Tittle.

It was granted, prohibiting Tittle from having any contact with her or coming near her, her car or her home.

Tittle didn't show up for the hearing, records show.

Barrington Hills is home to mostly seniors and snowbirds. Amid a chilly rain, residents pulled into the park's entrance to find crime scene tape and deputies' cruisers with lights flashing.

Barrington Hills manager Joyce Falkner, clearly shaken by the incident, hugged residents who streamed into the park's clubhouse.

"Things are under control now," she said.

Susie Snow, a winter resident, said Britt Morford is a handyman for the park.

"He's a great help to all of us," she said.

Snow said trouble of any kind there is rare.

"We're just all neighbors that care about each other," Snow said.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

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