One dead, Purdue prof. seriously injured in shooting

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office on scene of a shooting at Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind (WLFI/AP) – Authorities say a Purdue University professor was seriously wounded at home by her husband who then killed himself.

The 911 call from the home on Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette came in at approximately 8:43 p.m. on Thursday.

When Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence, they found two people inside, one dead and another seriously injured.

The Tippecanoe County sheriff’s department said 51-year-old Marcia Gentry was shot multiple times in her lower extremities Thursday night. The department says 64-year-old William Byers was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Gentry was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital by ambulance before being transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis where she remains in serious condition.

A Purdue University spokeswoman confirmed that Marcia Gentry is a professor in the College of Education. According to the university’s website, she started at Purdue in 2004.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing. No additional information is being released at this time.

The Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service, Wabash Township Fire Department and the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office were on scene Thursday night assisting the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.


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