After he allegedly assaulted Shree Goble at their Lake Odessa home on Sunday, May 4, Steven Goble – on probation at the time from a domestic violence-related offense – knew time behind bars was a possibility. But going to prison “wasn’t an option” for him, his wife said.
“He said he wasn’t going to do to prison and that he had to ‘do it,'” she said. “I didn’t understand what he meant by he had to ‘do it.'”
Shree Goble said she watched from inside their home as her husband put a gun in his truck before he took her to the hospital for treatment after he assaulted her. The 21-year-old said she doesn’t know why she didn’t stop her 31-year-old husband.
An ex-girlfriend and employer who called 911 that afternoon said Steven Goble made it clear he wanted police to shoot him. He was killed in an Orleans Township field that evening after firing at police.
“He felt like everything was coming down on him, I guess,” Shree Goble said. “Despite everything else, he’s a really good man and a really good husband.”
The couple, together for five years and married for seven months, had hit hard patches in their relationship. On that Sunday, Shree Goble noticed her husband “wasn’t himself.”
They had a dispute that turned physical the day before Steven Goble’s death. Shree Goble was sent to the hospital with a fractured elbow, but didn’t share many details of the encounter with medical personnel. He assaulted her again the following day, she said.
The nurse who called 911 said Steven Goble forced his wife to take sleeping pills and had wanted her to write a suicide note and hang herself. He tried to convince her to tell a fake story to hospital staff.