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Report: Deputy's wife charged with murder after claiming he committed suicide

1 week 2 days 3 hours ago Wednesday, July 11 2018 Jul 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 1:45 PM July 11, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff
Photo: New Orleans Advocate

JEFFERSON PARISH - A sheriff's deputy's wife is being charged with his murder weeks after he was found shot to death inside his home.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that deputies with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Shantel Wagner in the June death of her husband, Troy Smith. Smith was a sergeant with JPSO.

On June 17, authorities were called to the couple's home after Wagner called 911 to report that Smith had attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself. Inside the home, deputies found Smith with a gunshot wound to his head.

The news outlet reports that Smith was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Through an investigation, deputies determined that Smith's wound was not self-inflicted and obtained a warrant for Wagner's arrest.

Wagner was booked and charged with second-degree murder.

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