Scottsdale murder-suicide: Protective order never served, records say

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Scottsdale murder-suicide: Protective order never served, records say

Sarah Drewer said in court documents that she filed for a protective order that was never served.

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A 33-year-old Scottsdale woman who was murdered Tuesday by her husband had at one time filed for a protective order that was never served, according to court records.

Scottsdale police say Douglas Drewer, 46, fatally shot Sarah Drewer in front of their young son before killing himself.

Days earlier, officers had served Douglas Drewer with a protective order and removed him, as well as several weapons, from the family’s home near 68th Street and Chaparral Road.

In requesting the order served Jan. 30, Sarah Drewer wrote that a previous order of protection was never served. She did not specify when the unserved order was filed, nor did she say who was supposed to serve it.

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“Doug became violent and began throwing things at myself, my mother and my son,” Sarah Drewer wrote about that incident.

Sarah Drewer’s parents, identified in court documents as Jack and Peggy Weiss, declined to comment for this story.

Court records obtained Tuesday show the couple’s problems had been ongoing since at least 2009, when Sarah Drewer requested a protective order against her husband because she feared for her life and he had weapons in the house. At that time, court records show the couple had a Gilbert address.

Protection orders can be served by paid process servers, family, friends or police, said Scottsdale police Officer Kevin Watts, a department spokesman. In Scottsdale, officers serve people who live with the person, work with them or can be contacted within the city limits. Scottsdale police said Sarah Drewer did not ask them to serve the order that never made it to Douglas Drewer.

“There is nothing in my records showing that we had an order for her other than the one we served last week,” Watts said. “People get them in their pocket and sometimes never serve them.”

The protective order served Jan. 30 described three alleged domestic- ­violence incidents and commanded Douglas Drewer to stay away from the family’s home, Sarah Drewer’s work and the children’s school:

– In May, Douglas Drewer verbally abused her and pushed her to the ground in front of their children.

– On Jan. 16, he threatened to steal her car and abandon her in California during a business trip.

– On Jan. 28, she and her children fled where they were living after Douglas Drewer blocked her from using her cellphone and refused to apologize for verbally abusing her 9-year-old daughter a day earlier.

Sarah Drewer said she called Scottsdale police after the May incident and her husband left the home.


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