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Coroner: Woman pronounced brain dead in Avon murder-suicide

Posted: 3:12 PM, Mar 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-28 22:25:22Z
Woman pronounced brain dead in murder-suicide

AVON, Ind. -- A woman who was shot during attempted murdersuicide in Avon on Monday has been pronounced brain dead, according to the Marion County Coroner.

Officers were called to the home in the 2700 block of Bluewood Way around 2:45 p.m. on a report of two people who had been shot. 

They arrived to find a man, later identified as 35-year-old William A. Schooley, of Indianapolis, lying in the front yard. Police determined Schooley had been shot, and discovered he was in possession of a handgun. Schooley was pronounced dead at the scene.

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32-year-old Andrea R. Soberalski, of Avon, was found lying on the porch of the home with a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition but was pronounced brain dead on Wednesday, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office. Soberalski remains on a ventilator because she is an organ donor.

According to a release by the Avon Police Department on Tuesday, investigators believe Schooley and Soberalski had become involved in a dispute at Soberalski’s residence located across the street.

At some point during the argument, Soberalski had apparently run across the street to ask for help.

A witness told police they saw Schooley holding a handgun as he approached Soberalski on the porch of the residence where she was ultimately shot. Moments later, witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

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