Shooting involving PU prof. ruled attempted murder-suicide

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office on scene of a shooting at Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office on scene of a shooting at Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department has concluded that a shooting incident from late January was indeed an attempted murder-suicide.

The incident occurred on the evening of Jan. 30. The victim was Marcia Gentry, a Purdue professor in the College of Education. According to deputies, her husband William Byers, 64, was found dead in the house after shooting himself.

As News 18 has already reported, Gentry filed for divorce in November after 17 years of marriage. According to the finished incident report, we now know that on the day of the attack she forwarded the divorce agreement that her attorney had prepared to Byers in an e-mail.

When she got back from a Purdue basketball game, they got into a fight. Detectives said Byers hit her in the head with his gun several times, shot her in both feet and her knee, before turning the gun on himself.

“We were able to determine that it was an attempted murder-suicide. There was no foul play on Ms. Gentry’s part, by any means. She was totally a victim in this very horrible situation,” said Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Huber.

Gentry was released from the hospital about a month ago. Their 15-year-old daughter was away at a Connecticut boarding school at the time of the incident.

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