Husband a person of interest in woman's death

August 27, 2011 4:32:03 AM PDT
Police are trying to unravel the case of a woman found dead Thursday in her suburban Hanover Park home.

Police say the woman's husband is a person of interest in the case. He is in the hospital after being shot by police in Lockport.

Forty-year-old Jennifer Gustafson was found dead Thursday in her home in the 5700-block of Barr Court in Hanover Park.

DuPage County court records show that Gustafson was granted a temporary order of protection against her husband, 50-year-old Jeffrey Ferrigan, on Wednesday. He was ordered to stay away from her and their two children pending an upcoming court date.

Police say Ferrigan is a person of interest in the case of the death of his wife. He was tracked down in Lockport where police say he came after them with a knife and they shot him. Ferrigan is now at Silver Cross Hospital recovering.

Neighbors say the couple lived in Hanover Park for the past 14 years.

"Everyone's in shock that this happened," said neighbor Anthony Barrousse.

Hanover Park police said they were responding to a well-being check on Gustafson, who failed to show up for work. When police entered the home she was already dead.

"She was the most beautiful person, to tell you the truth. She would have gave you the shirt off her back. She was a wonderful lady," said Barrousse.

Gustafson worked at Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect for the past 10 years as a bartender manager and was an important part of the restaurant.

"She was more of a friend, more of a family member, somebody you really care about," said Gustafson's employer Chris Barth. "She was someone very special here at Retro. I'm sure gonna miss her."

The mother of a 14-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter was loved by all who came in contact with her.

"She was an excellent mother and did everything she could do for her kids," said Lorraine Barth, "and was a hard worker and an irreplaceable person here for us."

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