Suzanne Hodgkinson, speaking for the first time, said her husband had told her he was going to Washington to lobby ‘to change the tax laws.’
She would not discuss her husband’s politics affiliations, but stressed she had no idea that he had weapons with him.
She and her husband broke up shortly after he was spoken to by police for discharging his rifle in their back yard.
St. Clair Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner told DailyMail.com that she was in tears and her life had been turned upside down.
He was with her when she returned home having spent 24 hours helping the FBI.
‘In my 30 years of police work I have seen couples separate and hardly speak to each other and give any indication of where they are going or what they are doing.
‘She would never have guessed that he would ever hurt anybody.
Asked by DailyMail.com if she had ever witnessed a violent side to him, he said: ‘No. never, never and that’s what she said.’
He said he told his wife he was in Washington to get the tax laws brackets changed.