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Pennsylvania husband shoots dead his wife

Abusive Pennsylvania husband shoots dead his wife as she tries to call 911 and then turns the gun on himself in front of their six-month-old daughter as her two other kids slept upstairs

  • An abusive husband has shot dead his wife before turning the gun on himself 
  • Brian Womelsdorf fatally shot the mother of his child, Elizabeth Wise 
  • Wise had previously reported that her husband had punched her in the ribs

An abusive husband has shot dead his wife before turning the gun on himself in front of their young daughter in Pennsylvania

Brian Womelsdorf fatally shot the mother of his child, Elizabeth Wise, multiple times, including in the forehead at their Swatara Township home on Saturday. 

The incident happened while Wise’s two older children, ages 10 and 14, slept upstairs. 

Brian Womelsdorf fatally shot the mother of his child, Elizabeth Wise, multiple times, including in the forehead in their Swatara Township home

The incident happened while Wise's two older children, ages 10 and 14, slept upstairs. Elizabeth Wise is pictured above

The incident happened while Wise’s two older children, ages 10 and 14, slept upstairs. Elizabeth Wise is pictured above 

Victim Elizabeth Wise is pictured with her parents, Joel and Penni Spence

Victim Elizabeth Wise is pictured with her parents, Joel and Penni Spence

Wise had previously reported that her husband had punched her in the ribs and abdomen earlier this year. 

She had hoped to keep the family together and thought that counseling and anger management classes would have been able to stop future abuse. 

The incident happened early on Saturday just inches from where their six-month old daughter was playing. 

Womelsdorf then turned the gun on himself. 

Wise, pictured above, had previously reported that her husband had punched her in the ribs and abdomen earlier this year

Wise, pictured above, had previously reported that her husband had punched her in the ribs and abdomen earlier this year

Wise's parents, Joel and Penni Spence, are pictured above. 'He took a part of me that I can never get back,' Penni said

Wise’s parents, Joel and Penni Spence, are pictured above. ‘He took a part of me that I can never get back,’ Penni said 

Brian Womelsdorf and Elizabeth Wise are pictured together above. The couple shared a 6-month-old daughter together

Brian Womelsdorf and Elizabeth Wise are pictured together above. The couple shared a 6-month-old daughter together 

Police said they responded to an emergency call from Wise at 12:08am on Saturday morning and arrived to find the two bodies. 

Wise had managed to give her address to police officers before the phone went dead, police say. 

Wise’s devastated mother, Penni Spence, said as quoted by Penn Live: ‘That house was evil and so was he.

‘That was the worst thing I ever had to do in my life. I’ve buried relatives, I’ve buried my father, but when I bury my baby girl after seeing her in the funeral parlor… it took a part of me. 

‘He took a part of me that I can never get back.’ 

Police said they responded to an emergency call from Wise at 12:08am on Saturday morning and arrived to find the two bodies

Police said they responded to an emergency call from Wise at 12:08am on Saturday morning and arrived to find the two bodies

Wise’s older sister Amanda Sizemore paid tribute to her sister, saying: ‘Beth was a beautiful soul who loved her children more than anything.

‘She would always say ‘Where I go, baby goes’ and I think that’s why she stayed as long as she did. She would do anything for them, just to see them smile.’

Wise’s older children will be raised by their father, while the daughter that she shared with Womelsdorf will be adopted by her sister. 

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