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Man Held for Long Beach Fatal Shooting

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:32 AM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Husband Held for Wife's Shooting Death
12-12-12
By Stan Maddux
Authorities Wednesday had a man in custody while they continued to
investigate the shooting death of his wife at the couple's home in the upscale
lakefront communtiy of Long Beach.
La Porte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said evidence was still being reviewed
to determine if charges will be filed and, if so, what the charges will be.
Under Indiana law, Szilagyi said defendants can be held for 48 hours and if
no charges are filed by that time they must be released.
''We have 48 hours to decide what we're going to do,'' said Szilagyi.
According to Long Beach Police, officers after 7 p.m. Tuesday responded to the 2900
block of Lothair Way on a report of a woman being shot.
A female was found dead inside the residence along the Long Beach
Country Club golf course.
Police said it appears a domestic dispute had occurred but further details
on what led up to the shooting were being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.
Authorities were also not releasing the name of the victim or her husband,
who was identified by neighbors as John Larkin.
Szilagyi confirmed the victim and man being held were husband and wife.
He also revealed the case is being investigated as a homicide but an official ruling on
cause of death had not yet been made.
''I don't want to say things on somnething that I don't have the complete information
on yet,'' said Szilagyi.
Neighbors expressed sadness and surprise at what occurred.
''It's just a horrible thing,'' said Jane Scott, who lives across the street from the home
where the shooting happendd.
Scott said four children all under the age of 14 were living in the home.
She didn't know the family very well but did say hello to them whenever she
saw them while checking her mail or doing something else outside.
''They seemed like normal people,'' said Scott.
''They had four lovely kids,'' said another neighbor, Richard Sweney, who was familar
enough with the family to know the couple's children on a first name basis.
''I went out to turn on my Christmas lights and saw the street was full of police
cars,'' said Sweney.
Sweney said fatal shootings are reported in the news from different areas of the
country on a regular basis and to have someone die from a gun so close to his home is
disheartening.
''It's a bummer because we are in a nice neighborbood and then you have the
same thing next door its pretty awful,'' said Sweney.