Long Grove woman died after shooting at husband, struggling over gun when it fired: sheriff

A woman was killed during a struggle over a gun with her husband after she fired a shot at him in north suburban Long Grove.

Barbara Bell Powers, 47, was arguing with her husband in their home Monday afternoon when she went to an upstairs bedroom and retrieved a gun, the Lake County sheriff's and coroner's offices said in a statements.

She fired a shot at her 51-year-old husband, but it missed him and struck a wall, the sheriff's office said. The two began struggling over the gun when it discharged and a bullet struck Powers in the head, authorities said. She died at the scene.

The incident happened about 12:20 p.m. in the 5400 block of North Tall Oaks Drive, the sheriff's office said.

The husband cooperated with investigators and was released from custody Monday night, the sheriff's office said.

The Lake County coroner's office said a preliminary autopsy found Powers died of a gunshot wound. Toxicology tests were pending.

An investigation by the sheriff's office is ongoing.