Napa man shoots wife, kills himself

A 32-year-old Napa man committed suicide after shooting and injuring his wife during an argument in their home Tuesday night, a Napa police captain said.

Police went to a residence in the 700 block of Central Avenue after they received a report about a man who threatened to kill his wife, two daughters and himself, Capt. Jeff Troendly said.

Soon after police arrived, they heard a gunshot inside the house and saw a female through a window in the home.

The woman, who turned out to be the man’s wife, was removed from the house through the window, Troendly said.

The woman, who had facial injuries, said she was shot in the hand during a struggle with her husband for a gun and said her husband was the only one in the house, Troendly said.

Police heard another gunshot a few minutes after the man’s wife was taken from the house.

Napa County SWAT units and the Napa police crisis negotiating team tried to contact the husband for several hours before a robot with a video camera searched inside the residence, Troendly said.

The robot searched all of the rooms except for the bathroom, where authorities eventually came in and found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, Troendly said.

Police found a rifle beside the man’s body.

The man’s wife was treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Residents who had been evacuated during the incident returned home around 1:30 a.m. today, Troendly said.

JamesLanaras0232p08/27/14 CONTACT: Napa police Capt. Jeff Troendly (707) 257-9568 Copyright