Yesterday, we learned that HGTV stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa are separated, following a frightening incident involving firearms and threats of suicide.
The confrontation took place in May, but news of the extremely popular Flip or Flop couple's ugly breakup only went public yesterday.
At first little was known about the confrontation that escalated to the point that it necessitated legal intervention.
But now, Radar Online has obtained a 911 call and police records that shed new light on the terrifying ordeal.
According to those records on May 23 “at approximately 3:45 p.m., Sheriff’s personal responded to a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun.”
Authorities were so concerned that they responded with 22 deputies and a police helicopter.
Christina told police that she became concerned after she “received a call from her friend at about 3:30 pm,” the records state.
“The friend was in Christina’s bedroom and saw Tarek take a handgun from the safe, place it in his backpack and leave the room. She asked him what he was doing, but he did not answer.”
According to the friend, Tarek “did not make any threatening statements,” and the documents state that she “denied that Tarek had ever been suicidal.”
Nevertheless, the friend “called Christina and told her to leave the residence because Tarek had a gun.”
Tarek left the home shortly thereafter, and was tracked down by police "on a mountainside" nearby.
They communicated with him via the helicopter's PA system, and he agreed to surrender all of his firearms, which included:
- A Kahr K9 handgun
- A Pietro Baretta
- A Springfield EMP 9mm
- A Stag Arms AR 15
- A Ruger GP 100 .357.
Now that we're getting a clearer picture of exactly what happened between Tarek and Christina, many expected HGTV to announce the cancelation of their popular house-flipping series.
For now, however, it seems the network is planning to stick with two of their most popular personalities, who are still working together.
Tarek and Christina said in a statement that they are focusing on co-parenting (their kids are 6 and 1) and their professional relationship.
It remains to be seen how the show will proceed now that it's widely known the El Moussas are no longer a couple, however.
We'll have further updates on this surprising story as more information becomes available. In the meantime, discuss below!