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No charges in Long Grove shooting death, police say

Coroner's office identifies victim who died from gunshot wound to head

The husband of a 47-year-old Long Grove woman who was shot and killed Monday in her home has been released from police questioning after a preliminary investigation revealed the shooting was accidental, police said.

The woman, Barbara Bell Powers, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to a news release the Lake County Coroner's Office send Tuesday afternoon.

Powers and her 51-year-old husband were involved in an argument moments before the shooting occurred, according to a news release the Lake County Sheriff's Office sent Tuesday afternoon.

During the argument, the woman retrieved a pistol from an upstairs bedroom and fired a shot at her husband, according to the release. The bullet missed the man and fired into a wall. As a struggle over the weapon ensued, the pistol went off and fired a round at the woman, according to the release.

Police on Monday questioned the woman's husband, who has not been charged in connection with the shooting. Initially, police did not believe that the man had a valid Firearm Owner Identification card. The sheriff's office has since confirmed that the woman's husband did have a FOID card, Lake County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Chris Covelli said.

Toxicology tests are not yet complete and there is not threat to the community as the investigation continues, according to the sheriff's office's release.

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