Prosecutor ponders charges against wife who shot, killed husband

Woman feared husband would kill law enforcement

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. - The Hancock County prosecutor is trying to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against a woman who shot and killed her husband Friday.

The victim was a noted gun collector whose mental stability had been declining, and the prosecutor has 72 hours to make the call.

Elizabeth Roberts contacted police about her husband's deteriorating mental condition Friday morning. It was a foreshadow of things to come.

Roberts, 56, wanted police to intervene. Her 57-year-old husband, Gary Roberts, was one of the biggest gun collectors in Hancock county.  

Police were notified about a possible problem at 8:30 a.m. They applied for a search warrant under the Jake Laird law at 11:00 a.m. 

Officials received another notification at noon that Gary would be hostile to police taking his guns.

"He was down there loading magazines after he told her he was gonna kill law enforcement. Or anyone who tried to stop him," Capt. Jeff Rasche with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said.

The shooting happened at 12:30 p.m.

"She admits to shooting him. There's no question there. 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. She told him if you don't stop I'm gonna shoot you," Rasche said.

Thoughts about the shooting are reverberating throughout the community and prosecutors must now decide whether or not to charge Roberts with a crime.

It is a possibility that prosecutors will not file criminal charges and the case could be submitted to a grand jury to let that body decide.

Roberts has an attorney from Rushville who chose to not comment on the case.

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