Police investigate death in Orleans

in News/Orleans

ORLEANS — A 54-year-old woman from Orleans is dead and her husband is in the hospital following an incident that took place last night.

At around 9:27 p.m. police say they received a 911 call from a female who identified herself as Thea Swartz and reported that her husband was pointing a pistol at her and that he was drinking.

Troopers responded to the residence, located at 42 Irasburg Street.

Police say they saw an unresponsive man lying on the floor inside.

After receiving no response, police entered and located the man, identified as 58-year-old Randall Swartz, lying on the floor with an apparent wound to his torso.

He was alive but unresponsive.

Police then located a woman, identified as 54-year-old Thea Swartz, deceased on the floor in the same room.

Police say the exact location and nature of her injuries have not yet been determined.

Rescue personnel responded and transported Randall Swartz to North Country Hospital.

He was subsequently transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of an apparent gunshot wound.

The scene in Orleans has been secured, and authorities are collecting evidence.

Detectives say they are working closely with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office at this time.

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