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Four people shot in Western Iowa

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

A man shot and killed his young daughter and wounded his wife and mother-in-law before he killed himself in what authorities said Monday was an apparent murder-suicide.

Troy Doherty, 28, opened fire on his family Sunday evening at their rented farmhouse near Greenfield, said Bob Henderson, special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said.

Officers were called to the house shortly 6 p.m. Sunday. They found Doherty and his daughter, Tyra Doherty, 2, dead at the scene. Doherty's wife, Amanda, 24, and her mother, Cheryl Wright, 53, were injured.

The shooting happened after an argument, Henderson said. Investigators don't know what started the argument, he said.

"Troy, the father, the suspected shooter, was upstairs. The daughter was upstairs. The women were downstairs," Henderson said. "I don't know the exact layout of the house. It appears that he shot down a stairway at the mother-in-law, and obviously hit her."

Amanda Doherty was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was in serious condition on Monday, hospital officials said.

Cheryl Wright was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Hospital officials said Monday they had no information about her.

Autopsies on Troy Doherty and his daughter were to done by the state medical examiner's office on Monday, Henderson said. Toxicology tests also would be done on Troy.

Henderson said the couple had no history of violence.

"I asked the sheriff and they don't have a history of making trips out there," he said. "There had not been previous calls out there for that kind of problem."

Amanda's sister-in-law, Sharon Pitsenbarger, said late Sunday that Wright had rushed to the farmhouse after she got a phone call.

"She heard yelling in the background. The child was screaming, and all she could do was follow her instinct," Pitsenbarger said.



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