The Herald Bulletin

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October 3, 2013

Woman who shot husband who threatened police freed

GREENFIELD — A central Indiana woman who fatally shot her suicidal husband before he could open fire on police was freed from jail Thursday after a prosecutor declined to file criminal charges.

Elizabeth Roberts, 56, of Greenfield, "acted in defense of others" and was justified in using deadly force when she shot Gary Roberts, 57, on Friday at the couple's home, Hancock County Prosecutor Michael Griffin said.

She was released Thursday morning from the Hancock County Jail, about 20 miles east of Indianapolis.

The woman had reported her husband to police Friday, saying he was acting erratically, had suicidal thoughts and had several weapons in their home. Police say that when she told her husband she had reported him, he warned her and a family friend that he would kill any officers who came to their home.

Court documents say he handed her a gun "and told her to do what she needed to do."

Gary Roberts was loading a magazine with ammunition when his wife shot him, the Daily Reporter reported.

"She tells us that the reason she took the action she did was because the threats he made to law enforcement and she had to stop him," Capt. Jeff Rasche of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said. "She told him if you don't stop I'm gonna shoot you."

— The Associated Press

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