NORTH WALES, Pa. --A 63-year-old woman was charged Monday in the shooting death of her ex-husband after he removed belongings from her suburban Philadelphia home.
Hsiu-Chin Lin faces first-degree murder and related charges over Sunday's shooting, Montgomery County prosecutors and North Wales police said.
According to a criminal complaint, the ex-husband, 67-year-old Chien-Kuo Lin, contacted police around 3 p.m. Sunday asking for an officer to stand by while he collected his belongings from his ex-wife's home. An officer responded and waited about 30 minutes until Lin was finished.
The couple's adult son and daughter told officers his mother had been threatening to kill their father in recent days.
At about 4 p.m. Sunday, the complaint says, police received a report of a domestic disturbance at the same North Wales address.
Officers said they arrived to find Hsiu-Chin Lin sitting in the kitchen with a revolver on the table. The couple's 33-year-old son led officers to the garage where Chien-Kuo Lin was dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso.
No attorney information was available for Lin, who was arraigned Monday and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
The couple's son told officers he'd seen his mother test-firing the weapon in the backyard in the week before the shooting.
On Sunday she told the son, who was at the home, to "call 911" because she'd killed his father, the complaint said.
The violence stunned the community.
"I heard three loud bangs, and I came to the door to check," said neighbor Bill Kane. "Quite surprising because they seemed pretty quiet people basically."
"It was crazy. I just came out here to put the trash out, and then saw the police tape and stuff," said neighbor Anthony Dean.
"(I'm) shocked. It's way too close to home, way too close," said neighbor Joey Fuentes. "(Did you know the couple that lived there?) No, they just stayed to themselves."