Thursday, August 9, 2012

Somerset, KY: Suspect in wife's killing had faced several domestic-violence allegations

SOMERSET — A Pulaski County man shot by police Thursday after he apparently shot and killed his estranged wife had faced several domestic-violence allegations.

The woman who died, Mary Amanda Hislope, had said in one 2010 case that she didn't want to pursue an assault charge against Timothy K. Hislope.

"I don't foresee any other future problems between Timmy K. Hislope and myself" because they no longer lived together, Mary Hislope said in a handwritten note in the court file.

Authorities found Mary Hislope, 44, dead in a house in the Nancy community after police had a short standoff with Timmy Hislope on Thursday.

The shootings happened after police went to investigate a 911 call in which someone at the house was screaming for help, said Trooper Don Trosper, a state police spokesman.

When they arrived just after 10 a.m., Mary Hislope came to the door, followed by Timmy Hislope.

He pulled her back inside, and then police heard what appeared to be a gunshot, according to a news release.

Timmy Hislope, 52, then came back outside and, after a short standoff, pointed his gun at police, the news release said.

An officer shot Hislope in the torso. Hislope was flown to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for treatment.

The hospital said they had no information about his condition Thursday night.

Mary Hislope said in one 2007 court document that her husband, who had been drinking heavily, had broken things in the house, pushed her, and threatened to kill her and anyone who tried to take him to jail.

In December 2010, Timmy Hislope slapped his wife, causing bruises and minor injuries, according to a citation.

Police charged him with fourth-degree assault. However, Mary Hislope said she didn't want to pursue charges.

She said she was not in fear for her life or being pressured to make the statement.

Timmy Hislope was also cited in a domestic-violence petition in 1998 and charged with public intoxication in 2010.

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