Husband of Mason shooting victim told police he was holding gun

Police: Woman, 56, dead in "questionable" Mason shooting
Published: Mar. 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2015 at 7:13 PM EDT
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MASON, OH (FOX19) - The husband of a 56-year-old woman who was shot inside a Mason home told police he was holding the shotgun when it went off, according to an incident report.

Tim Sparks was interviewed at the police station Monday after his wife, Susan K. Sparks, was shot at their Heritage Club subdivision home. An autopsy is pending and charges have not been filed.

Mason police described the death as "questionable" and say the case remains under investigation.

Sparks, 58, told police his wife was walking around the home with a shotgun and stated to him "it will be better this way," according to the incident report released on Tuesday.

Sparks called 911 about 7 a.m. and said his wife was shot when he tried to get a shotgun away from her in a bedroom of their Mackenzie Court home.

The report indicates Sparks claimed he was holding the gun at the time it went off. He told officers he didn't know the gun was loaded.

"I was getting ready for work and I just came in and she's standing there with the gun," Sparks said to 911 dispatchers. "I said '(woman's name), what are you doing?' Oh, hurry, hurry please!"

"Where is she shot at?" the dispatcher asked.

"It looks like right in the chest," her husband said. "I tried to take the gun from her. She pulled it towards her."

Sparks tried to resuscitate his wife, crying and shouting on the call with 911 dispatchers.

"Oh my god. Come on. Come on. Baby, look at me. Honey, come on," he said. "What did I do? She is not breathing."

Police were at the home investigating for hours Monday. They also took measurements around the property.

Heritage Club is a residential community off Butler Warren Road with a country club, 18-hole golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts.

The home where the shooting occurred is valued at $576,180, according to the Warren County Auditor's Office.

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