Allen County Coroner Rules Huntertown Death 1st Homicide of 2012

By Peter Ambrose
By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

January 3, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The New Year begins with a violent shooting in northern Allen County. Police are now saying the shooting could be a case of murder-suicide.

Police say a 34-year-old Melinda A. Jones, Huntertown, was shot and killed on Hunter's Lane in the Hunter's Ridge addition near the intersection of Lima & Gump Roads around 10:45 Sunday night as New Year's Day came to a close.

The Allen County Coroner's Office ruled the death as a homicide by way of gunshot wounds.

This marks the first homicide in Allen County for 2012.
Police received a call Sunday night to the 15000 block of Hunter’s Lane. According to reports, when they arrived they found Jones body with several gunshot wounds.

Allen County Sheriffs say the suspect, 38-year-old George West, shot and killed Jones with a rifle during a domestic dispute. West had fled the scene before police arrived. West did not live at the home, but police believe he and Jones were involved in a romantic relationship at one point.

Police say at least one other adult and two children were in the home during the dispute and called 911, but none of them witnessed the crime.

Later, Indiana State Police located West's car parked along County Road 70 just west of County Road 5 in DeKalb County.

West was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This case remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and Indiana State Police.

Indiana’s NewsCenter will update this story as more information becomes available.

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