WASHINGTON - A Kensington woman who feared for her life went to court for protection, but she was killed by the man she was hoping to escape.
It ended Tuesday night when Philip Joseph Gilberti was found dead at a home near Montgomery College from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The story has people wondering if protective orders really are effective.
Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy says most of the time, they can be very helpful in preventing this kind of tragedy.
"They can work, but obviously as we know from this particular case, they don't always work," he says.
Still, McCarthy encourages victims of domestic violence to seek protective orders when possible.