Police: Man Who Shot Wife, Self Was Ordered To Stay Away From Her


UPDATED: Wednesday February 27, 2013 5:29 PM

A man accused of shooting his wife and then himself was scheduled to face a judge next week on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Sokkha Chant, 65, is accused of shooting his wife, 33-year-old Sin Soth, on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Columbus Ohio Temple, a Mormon temple, located on Gateway Boulevard in west Columbus.

Police said that Soth had been meeting with another man, 52-year-old Neng Sith, in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Homicide detectives said they did not know why the confrontation occurred on Tuesday, but a spokesperson from the church said there was no connection between the church and the shooting.

The original 911 call from a witness on Gateway Boulevard described the shooting in progress.

The person described hearing three shots fired at the vehicle that Sith and Soth were in.

Columbus police said that Soth was in critical condition at Mount Carmel West Hospital. Chant, who had been ordered to stay away from his wife, remained in critical condition on Wednesday at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Chant is not charged in connection with the shooting.

Sith was not struck by gunfire.

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