Husband held in Long Beach shooting death

2012-12-12T17:30:00Z 2012-12-12T23:13:04Z Husband held in Long Beach shooting deathStan Maddux Times Correspondent
December 12, 2012 5:30 pm  • 

LONG BEACH | Authorities had a man in custody Wednesday while they continued to investigate the shooting death of his wife at the couple's home in the upscale lakefront community of Long Beach.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said evidence was still being reviewed to determine if charges will be filed and, if so, what the charges will be.

Under Indiana law, Szilagyi said defendants can be held for 48 hours and if no charges are filed by that time they must be released.

“We have 48 hours to decide what we're going to do,” said Szilagyi.

According to Long Beach police, officers after 7 p.m. Tuesday responded to the 2900 block of Lothair Way on a report of a woman being shot.

A female was found dead inside the residence along the Long Beach Country Club golf course.

Police said it appeared a domestic dispute had occurred but further details on what led up to the shooting were being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

Authorities also were not releasing the name of the victim or her husband.

Szilagyi confirmed the victim and man being held were married.

He said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but an official ruling on cause of death had not yet been made.

“I don't want to say things on something that I don't have the complete information on yet,” said Szilagyi.

Neighbors expressed sadness and surprise at what occurred.

“It's just a horrible thing,” said Jane Scott, who lives across the street from the home where the shooting took place.

Scott said four children all under the age of 14 were living in the home.

She didn't know the family very well but did say hello to them whenever she saw them while checking her mail or doing something else outside.

“They seemed like normal people,” said Scott.

“They had four lovely kids,” said another neighbor, Richard Sweney, who was familiar enough with the family to know the couple's children on a first-name basis.

“I went out to turn on my Christmas lights and saw the street was full of police cars,” said Sweney.

Sweney said fatal shootings are reported in the news from different areas of the country on a regular basis and to have someone shot to death so close to his home is disheartening.

“It's a bummer because we are in a nice neighborhood and then you have the same thing next door. It’s pretty awful,” said Sweney.

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