GREENFIELD — Elizabeth Roberts remains in police custody as prosecutors weigh what charges, if any, should be filed against her in the shooting death of her husband.
Whether Roberts killed Gary Roberts on Friday afternoon in their home is not in question: She admitted to shooting her husband of 31 years. But she has told police she did it to prevent others from getting hurt.
Roberts, 56, had reported her husband to police that morning, saying he was suicidal and had a number of firearms and explosives in their home in the 3900 block of South CR 800E. When Gary Roberts, 57, learned police were on their way, he threatened to kill anyone who came onto his property.
Roberts says she killed her husband to stop that from happening.
Gary Roberts had been acting erratically in recent weeks and was mentally unstable, his wife told police. He was arrested about two weeks ago after threatening to shoot an employee at a local pharmacy.
Prior to that incident, he had no criminal record and no demonstrated pattern of violence. But Gary Roberts’ wife told police she feared her husband’s behavior was escalating.
She shot him once in the chest with a .38-caliber handgun, according to court documents.
Prosecutors petitioned the court for a 72-hour hold of Roberts, who remains in the Hancock County Jail. Hancock Circuit Court Judge Richard Culver signed off on that order Monday.