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The Suburbanite
  • Police: Man shoots wife, then kills self in hospital parking lot

  • Police say a Tennessee man shot his estranged wife at her Erie Avenue NW residence early this morning, then drove her to Affinity Medical Center for treatment before turning the gun on himself in the hospital’s parking lot.

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  • Jackson Township police previously tried to arrest a Tennessee man who reportedly shot his estranged wife at her Jackson Township residence early Wednesday before turning the gun on himself in the Affinity Medical Center parking lot.
    Municipal Court records show Danny H. Owens, 68, of Cleveland, Tenn., was wanted on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge filed in June by township police. Jackson Police Chief David Zink said officers went to Owens’ former residence last month at 3922 Erie Ave. NW to arrest him on the warrant, but were informed by his wife, Joye Owens, 58, that he had moved back to Tennessee.
    “After the warrant was issued, we attempted to serve it. Mrs. Owens said he had gone back to Tennessee. He had threatened her with physical harm (in the past) ... He had lived there at some time,” Zink said.
    Danny Owens, who may have returned to the area recently, went to his estranged wife’s Erie Avenue home shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. Zink said there were no signs of forced entry, but he declined to say how police believe Owens got inside. The couple got into an argument and, at some point, Joye Owens was shot in the knee.
    “He dropped her off at the (Affinity) emergency room (around 3 a.m.),” Zink said.
    Joye Owens initially told hospital employees that she was wounded by a gun that accidentally discharged, but they became suspicious after hospital security officers discovered her husband slumped over in the driver’s seat of his Lincoln Continental shortly after 7 a.m. in the Amherst Road NW parking lot.
    Rick Walters, Stark County Coroner’s Office investigator, said Owens died of a single gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon.
    “We believe it was self-inflicted. He had been there awhile (before he was discovered). He dropped her off at 2:59 a.m., according to the hospital security video. We’re going to say he died between 3 and 4 a.m.,” Walters said.
    Joye Owens was admitted to Affinity, but her condition was not available Wednesday afternoon.
    Officials at Affinity declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.