Police: Man handed wife gun she used to kill herself

MONTE VISTA - A Monte Vista man is charged with manslaughter after police say he handed his wife the gun she used to kill herself.

On Wednesday night, officers from the Monte Vista Police Department responded to a home at 350 Adams Street for a report that 70-year-old woman had shot herself in the head.

The victim was taken to San Luis Valley Medical Center in Alamosa where she died. Her husband, 67-year-old Murment Chamblin, was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Witnesses told investigators Chamblin and his wife were arguing over finances, when his wife told him she would shoot herself if she had a gun. According to the witnesses, Chamblin obtained a revolver from the home and handed it to his wife, who put the gun to her head and tried to pull the trigger.

The gun did not fire, because it was a "single action" revolver, and it required the hammer to be cocked. Police say Chamblin showed his wife how to cock the weapon. After doing so, his wife put the gun to her head and fired one shot. Chamblin called 911 and reported that his wife shot herself.

Chamblin is charged with manslaughter, a class 4 felony, which prohibits one from assisting another in committing suicide. He's being held on a $2,000 bond.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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