Husband says he accidentally shot and killed wife


Frank Perry

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- One person is dead after a shooting late Sunday night in the Coro Lake neighborhood in southwest Memphis.

Police say the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Sunday at a house in the 1300 block of Longcrest Road near South Third and Holmes.

Frank Perry told police he accidentally shot his wife. The 61-year-old is now charged with second-degree murder.

Perry told police "he heard glass breakage and then observed a silhouette standing in the doorway of his bedroom when he fired shots striking the individual who he later found to be his wife."

Donna Perry, 60, was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Monday, there was chatter in the neighborhood about what happened.

"I heard a lot of drama prior to last night," Bre Newby, who lives down the street, said.

Newby has lived on Longcrest Road for about four months. She said she's heard arguing coming from the home before, but nothing like Sunday night.

"I heard a gunshot and I thought it was just the TV, but then my sister said [the police] were outside," Newby said.

It was around 9:50 p.m. when police arrived at the Perry home. When they got there, they found Donna on the floor with two gunshot wounds.

"I wouldn't expect it, I wouldn't expect it," another neighbor said.

The neighbor said he heard the gunshots too, but said he was surprised to hear Perry thought an intruder would be in his home since he considers the area to be relatively safe.

Looking at Perry's home on Monday, it was clear he was prepared for unwanted guests. A barking dog guarded the yard, along with a big yard light, security camera, chain link fence, and a home security sign.

For Newby, the shooting makes her a little uneasy, but now she says she's thinking of the Perry family during this difficult time.

"Mainly sad for the family and for the victim and it's tragic," she said.

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