Woman arrested in shooting of husband in South Strabane
By Jason Cato
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 10:24 a.m.
A Washington County woman shot her husband inside and outside their apartment before he fled to a neighbor's home, leaving a trail of blood, police said.
South Strabane police said they found Latasha Stapp, 26, outside the apartment in Clubhouse Circle, crying while talking on her cell phone, after the shooting about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police arrested her on attempted homicide and other charges.
Tyler Stapp, 27, was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of several bullet wounds, police said in a criminal complaint. Authorities did not know his condition.
Officers who handcuffed his wife said they followed a trail of blood to the back bedroom of a neighbor's residence, where they found Stapp in a blood-soaked T-shirt. He told them his wife shot him, police said.
The couple's children, ages 5 and 7, were in the apartment during the shooting and were placed in protective custody, police said.
District Judge Jay Weller ordered Latasha Stapp held on $250,000 bail, court records show. She remains in custody. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25.
Police said witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots at the Stonecreek Luxury Apartments off Route 19.
When they arrived and saw Latasha Stapp outside, she told officers she shot her husband inside their apartment and again outside before throwing the handgun in bushes, police said.
Officers found a shell casing near the couple's apartment door and another in a bedroom. Blood stained the floor and bed.
Police said the couple kept firearms in the closet.
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or email@example.com.
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