John Snowling was a retired police sergeant who killed three people and wounded six others at a biker bar in California on August 24, 2023. He also shot his estranged wife, Marie Snowling, who survived the attack. Here is what we know about John Snowling, Marie Snowling, and their relationship.
Who was John Snowling?
John Snowling, 59, was a former police officer who worked for the Ventura Police Department in Southern California from 1986 to 2014. He retired as a sergeant and moved to Ohio, where he had family. He was also a president of the police union and worked in various units, such as patrol, traffic, and homeless outreach.
Snowling had a history of domestic violence and mental health issues. He had been arrested twice for assaulting his wife, Marie Snowling, in 2017 and 2018. He had also been hospitalized for suicidal ideation and depression in 2019. He had been prescribed medication for bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Snowling drove from Ohio to California before he carried out the shooting at Cook’s Corner, a popular biker bar and restaurant in Trabuco Canyon. He entered the bar with two handguns and a shotgun and opened fire at random. He killed three people, including one of his wife’s friends, and wounded six others. He then exchanged gunfire with sheriff’s deputies outside the bar and was fatally shot.
Who is Marie Snowling?
Marie Snowling, 58, is the estranged John Snowling wife. She had filed for divorce from him in December 2022, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce proceedings were ongoing and scheduled for a settlement conference in November.
Marie Snowling was at Cook’s Corner with a female friend when John Snowling entered the bar and shot them both. She was hit in the lower jaw and taken to a hospital for treatment. She was conscious and able to speak to investigators.
Marie Snowling is a mother of two adult children from a previous marriage. She works as a nurse at a local hospital. She is also an avid motorcycle rider and a regular patron of Cook’s Corner.
What was John Snowling’s motive for the shooting?
The exact motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but it is believed that John Snowling was targeting his wife and her friend out of anger and jealousy over their divorce.
How is Marie Snowling doing now?
Marie Snowling is recovering from her injuries at a hospital. She is stable and cooperating with the authorities.