A Williamstown woman told police her ex-husband threatened her before she fatally shot him in the chest Monday night, according to court documents.
Gina Anne Murphy told investigating state troopers that she and 52-year-old Daniel Joseph Murphy had been drinking and began arguing after she came home from a bar, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The two had been divorced but were again living together at a home in the 400 block of East Market Street, the document states.
She said that after her ex-husband threatened her with a knife during the argument, she went for a .22-caliber revolver, confronted him, and fired the fatal shot, police said in the document.
Daniel Murphy was dead by the time troopers arrived at the home shortly before 11 p.m. and his ex-wife was kneeling over him, the search warrant states.
Gina Murphy told police during an interview Tuesday that she and her ex-husband had been arguing and not getting along lately, that he had repeatedly threatened with her knives, and that he would also leave threatening notes around the house for her, the document states.
She also said she has used her computer to tell Facebook friends of the arguments and threats, and sent text messages to her daughter, according to the affidavit. Those items will play a role in the police investigation.
"The State Police have computer people on staff that will examine the various items and we'll get reports and see what's on them," Dauphin County First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo said. "We're moving, obviously, very quickly on this and we're using every resource available."
Police requested the search warrant to search the home for the revolver, ammunition, knives, Gina Murphy's computer and cell phone, liquor and wine bottles, and other evidence.
"We are keeping an open mind. I cannot tell you how this is going to end. It could be a matter of justification or it could result in criminal charges," Chardo said.
No charges have been filed in the case at this time.
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