Marriage ends with gsw to the head

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY – A little before 1 a.m. on Sunday, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office District 3 patrol units were dispatched to a residence in the 22300 block of Morgan Cemetery Rd. in Cleveland where there was a domestic dispute.

While units were in en route, dispatch informed them the father was threatening to shoot the mother in the residence. The second 911 call was received a few minutes later and deputies learned multiple shots had been fired in the bedroom.

Dispatchers told responding officers a woman had shot her husband. The caller indicated there were two firearms inside the residence, but the shooter was no longer holding either of them.

Deputies found 48-year-old Terrence Dwayne Penton, Sr. deceased in the master bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. The shooter was identified as his wife, 51-year-old Kay Lynn Penton.

Detectives from the MCSO Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Investigators interviewed two adult witnesses and Kay Penton on the scene and learned that Mr. Penton was drunk when he arrived home and began pointing a shotgun at his wife and threatening to kill her and himself.

Evidence collected from the scene shows he fired a 12-guage shotgun at Mrs. Penton at least three times. She returned fire with a handgun, mortally wounding him.

In addition to the four adults, there were three small children, ages 5 to 8 years, in the home at the time of the shooting. Police did not say how the three children were related to the deceased.

There is an extensive history of family violence at the Penton residence, according to police. The couple was married in Montgomery County on Sept. 29, 1979 when he was 18 and was 20.

Police records show Terrence Penton, Sr. was convicted of terroristic threat in 2002. Kay Penton’s only known record is listed as theft by check.

Besides the shooter and the deceased, public records list driver’s licenses for three adults with the same last name at that address- a female born in 1980, a male born in 1982 and a male born in 1983. Police records show criminal histories for all five drivers listed in the home.

No charges were filed against Kay Lynn Penton and the case will be referred to a Montgomery County Grand Jury for review.

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