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Investigation into Fatal Shooting Continues

(La Porte, IN) - Police said a suspect is being held for the fatal shooting of a woman Thursday in La Porte.


Officers during the evening hours responded to a home at 906 Ridge Street.


Nancy Ainsworth, 57, who resided at the address, was transported to Northwest Health, where she was pronounced dead, said La Porte County Coroner Lynn Swanson.


A few hours later, police said a male suspect was located and taken into custody.


Police did not release the name of the person being held and further details about the shooting because of the ongoing investigation.


Swanson said Ainsworth died from a single gunshot wound to the head.


However, Swanson said she had not decided yet on whether the shooting was a homicide, accident, or suicide. The shooting was reported to a 911 dispatcher as a “self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound.”


Swanson also revealed the autopsy did not produce immediate findings to determine how the gunshot was delivered. The pathologist must review more information from the autopsy before the next step can be made toward making a determination.


“At this time, we have it as undetermined,” Swanson said.  

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