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Police: Elderly woman shot in Manchester Twp. home

LIZ EVANS SCOLFORO
YorkDispatch

A 79-year-old Manchester Township woman is expected to survive after being shot in the neck by her husband on Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman was standing at her kitchen sink about 11 a.m., cutting up a pineapple, while her 83-year-old husband was at their kitchen counter, cleaning his handgun, according to Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel.

The husband told investigators the gun accidentally discharged while he was handling it, according to the chief.

The .380-caliber bullet struck the woman in the back of the neck, police said.

The couple, whose names weren't released, live in the 500 block of Buckthorn Drive.

The wife was alert and talking when emergency crews arrived, and she was transported to York Hospital by ambulance, according to Bentzel.

Several minutes later, a police sergeant drove the husband to York Hospital so he could be with his wife, the chief said.

Bentzel confirmed the husband was distraught, and that the handgun has been recovered.

On Thursday afternoon, police said the shooting was determined to be accidental.

No charges will be filed, according to police.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.