Royse City husband critically wounds wife in attempted murder-suicide

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by CARLA WADE

WFAA

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 11:28 PM

ROYSE CITY –– A deadly case of domestic violence poured out onto a quiet street in Royse City Friday morning. A Navy veteran was killed and his wife is struggling to survive after being shot several times.

Royse City police say the husband, Scott Arthur Croop, 39, shot his wife, Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, multiple times before killing himself on the street outside their suburban home.

Frantic calls from neighbors sent Travis Decker back to his home on Cookston Lane just a few hours after he arrived at work Friday morning. Royse City Police had responded to reports of gunfire on his street. 

"I had fifteen people calling to make sure it wasn't us," Decker said. "And I decided to come home and see what happened."

When he got home, he found a gruesome scene: a man's body in the middle of the road and a woman being rushed to the hospital.

Police Chief Jeff Stapleton said dispatchers received reports of multiple gunshots outside a home in the 400 block of Cookston Ln. at 9:05 a.m. When they arrived, Mr. Croop was dead in the middle of the street. Stapleton said Mrs. Croop was also found shot outside the home. She was taken to Baylor Medical Center in critical condition.

Lisa Canterberry, the Garland-based attorney who represented Kara Croop, said Mrs. Croop had filed for divorce in November. Scott Croop was set to sign the paperwork on Monday. She said he was a Navy veteran and Friday was his retirement day. The two separated in July.

Canterberry said Mr. Croop shot his wife five times and he was shot once in the head.

Investigators were interviewing witnesses all day Friday.

Decker said his girlfriend knew Kara Croop.

"My girlfriend had talked to her, and our kids hung out a little bit here and there," Decker said.

Stapleton said there were no previous calls to the home.

"Most of the neighbors don't talk to each other," said Beth Vandiver who also lives on the street. "They are very private, because they are so busy with working."

The couple had one child, who was not at home when the shooting occurred. The couple's child is being cared for by relatives.

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