Louisiana deputy's wife accused in his death

GRETNA, La. (AP) - The wife of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in his death.

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News outlets report Shantel Wagner, 35, of Waggaman, is accused of killing Jefferson Parish sheriff's Sgt. Troy Smith, an instructor and hostage negotiator.

Wagner called 911 on Father's Day around 11:25 p.m. and reported Smith had tried to commit suicide in the bedroom of their home. Smith remained hospitalized for about a week before succumbing to his injuries. He was 44 years old.

Department spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde said detectives determined through forensic evidence and interviews that Smith's injury wasn't self-inflicted and arrested Wagner about 1 a.m. Wednesday. She faces one count of second-degree murder. It was unknown if she's represented by an attorney.

The couple had been married since 2016.

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