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Condition on W.Va. woman shot in the head upgraded

May 24, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town woman who allegedly was shot by her husband in downtown Frederick, Md., last Wednesday was upgraded to serious condition Tuesday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jennifer Luty, 32, of 632 S. Samuel St., had been in critical condition at the trauma center, hospital officials said.

Frederick Police Department officials said Scott Luty, 32, was waiting for his wife to return to her parked car in the first block of South Bentz Street. When she did, a conversation between the couple escalated and Luty shot his wife in the head at 2:11 p.m., said Lt. Thomas Chase.

Frederick Police Department Officer 1st Class Douglas Stephenson heard the dispute as he was walking in the area and saw the couple when he reached Bentz Street, Chase said.

When Stephenson saw that Scott Luty was holding a gun, he ordered Luty to drop it, Chase said.

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Scott Luty then shot his wife and fired at the officer, Chase said. The officer returned fire one time and Scott Luty retreated up the bank of a vacant lot and shot himself, police said.

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