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SHOOTING: Man shoots his wife, turns gun on self

March 2, 2013

CROMWELL — A Cromwell man apparently shot and injured his wife Thursday night before he fatally shot himself in their mobile home, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

The wife was identified as Delana Forsyth, 40, and her husband was Christian Forsyth, also 40, sheriff’s Detective Shawn Dunafin said.

Using a handgun, the husband shot his wife in the leg and abdomen and then shot himself in the head, the sheriff’s department said.

An area newspaper reported a neighbor called emergency dispatchers about 10:30 p.m. and reported the shooting at Lot 133 in Shady Acres mobile home park, 3757 County Road N. 900 W.

Delana Forsyth was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, where she was listed in fair condition Friday night, according to hospital staff.

Sheriff’s Detective Joe Hutsell said she had undergone surgery and was expected to recover. A detective planned to interview her Friday afternoon, he said.

Hutsell said the case remains under investigation but authorities believe Christian Forsyth shot his wife and himself.

The detective said the sheriff’s department was awaiting the results of Christian Forsyth’s autopsy.

Exactly what prompted Thursday’s shootings remains unclear, but, according to Hutsell, officers had been called to the Forsyths’ home to defuse domestic disputes in the past, some of which were physical.

“We’re familiar with the particular individuals,” he said, “and we’ve had issues before.”

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