Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dauphin County, PA: Domestic dispute leaves one dead in quiet town, but more details kept quiet

An apparent domestic dispute left an ex-husband dead and his former wife a person of interest in a shooting late Monday night in Williamstown, Dauphin County.

The coroner identified the victim as 52-year-old Daniel Joseph Murphy of Williamstown. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest from a small caliber weapon just before 11 o'clock Monday night.

State Police can not identify the shooter yet as no criminal charges have been found.

Troopers are not saying much about the incident, as the investigation continues. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick did say the victim and the woman did know each other.

According to independent sources and neighbors, Murphy was living with his ex-wife at 461 East Market Street in Williamstown. Although State Police couldn't identify the person who shot Murphy, they did say one possible motive under investigation is self-defense.

The coroner did say the woman admitted to shooting the man, but he says the circumstances are unclear.

Neighbors say they hardly knew the couple and a two-year-old girl who lived with them. But they said they had friends who would visit at night to party and block an alley to the rear to the rear of the house with six or seven cars.

One woman told us the shooting was too close to home for her. A man driving through the neighborhood commented they don't see many killings here in northern Dauphin County.

State Police have not said when additional information will be released.

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