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St. Albans husband shoots wife and turns gun on himself

By Rich Bockmann

An off-duty NYPD officer shot and killed his wife Wednesday night before going back inside their St. Albans home and turning the gun on himself, police and neighbors said.

Police said they responded to a call of a woman shot on Camden Avenue around 7:45 and when they arrived, they found the two victims. A gun was removed from the home, police said.

Neighbors identified the couple as Sherlon Smikle, 33, and Lana Morris, 46.

Edward Isaac, president of the Camden Avenue Block Association, said he knew the couple and was surprised to hear what had happened.

“As far as I knew, they looked like a happy couple,” he said. “There were no signs that I knew of. Maybe there was stuff going on, just not outwardly, you know?”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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