Cops: Oregon Woman Tries To Commit Suicide, Kills Husband Instead

| by Nik Bonopartis
Roberta Samard.Roberta Samard.

An Oregon woman who was trying to kill herself accidentally shot and killed her husband when he tried to intervene on Nov. 16, Oregon's Albany Democrat-Herald reported.

Roberta B. Samard, 62, was charged with first-degree manslaughter, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley told the Democrat-Herald.

Roberta "was dealing with depression issues," according to the Albany Democrat-Herald, and took out a handgun when her husband, 57-year-old Kenneth Arlen Samard, left for work at 6 a.m. Kenneth was halfway down the couple's driveway when he returned to the house.

It's not clear if the victim suspected his wife was trying to kill herself or had another reason to return, but when he saw his wife holding the gun, he tried to stop her from shooting herself.

"He went to the sliding glass door on the back patio and found his wife had gotten a handgun and was contemplating suicide,” Riley told the Democrat-Herald. "When he confronted her, she started to point the gun at herself and it went off, striking her husband in the neck."

Roberta called 911 after the incident, but her husband was dead at the scene by the time paramedics arrived. Police took the Millersburg, Oregon woman into custody, and she remained in Linn County Jail on Nov. 18, awaiting her court hearing. No one else was inside the couple's home at the time, police said.

An autopsy was conducted on Kenneth on Nov. 17. Police haven't said if the autopsy yielded additional information.

“She has been cooperative all the way through,” the sheriff said. “Of course, it’s an ongoing investigation, but it is a tragic set of events, very unfortunate.”

Source: Albany Democrat-Herald / Photo source: Linn County Sheriff's Office booking photo via KATU, WTOC