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Woman will not be charged in fatal shooting

Originally ran here as:
"LaPorte shooting may have been self-defense"
by Stan Maddux, Staff Writer
South Bend
April 10, 2002

LAPORTE, INDIANA -- A LaPorte area woman will not be charged in the death of her estranged husband if an ongoing probe keeps indicating the shooting was self-defense.

"There's nothing that would indicate so far that she has violated any laws," LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives Dick Buell said.

According to police, Walter Walker, 54, broke into a home his estranged wife was occupying in the 6300 block of Joliet Road about six miles west of LaPorte about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Wanna Jo Walker, 56, barricaded herself inside an upstairs bedroom after hearing glass break and grabbed a handgun.

Walter Walker smashed out a window and crawled through the opening, police said.

He then went upstairs and forced open a bedroom door, which had a heavy wood chest behind it.

Buell would not disclose the chain of the events that occurred next but said, "shortly thereafter he was shot."

Walter Walker, who was found lying on a bed, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities did not disclose where Walker was shot and how many times.

The couple, who had a history of domestic violence, were separated and in the process of divorcing, police said.

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