CORINTH — Authorities said Wednesday that the investigation of a man’s fatal shooting of his wife remained ongoing as of this week, with no timetable for a decision on whether criminal charges will be filed.
Police believe Eric Rosenbrock accidentally shot and killed his wife, 34-year-old Ashley Rosenbrock, while cleaning a handgun in the family’s home on Raymond Street in Corinth the night of Nov. 15.
Mr. Rosenbrock, 35, told police he was cleaning the gun when it discharged.
State Police said he has a state pistol permit, and the gun was legally owned. But they have not revealed how the gun came to be fired or where his wife was struck by the bullet.
He has not been charged as police and prosecutors determine whether his actions rise to the level of criminal culpability. He is a teacher in the Lake George school district, and the district did not respond Wednesday to a request for information about his status.
State Police Senior Investigator Mario DeCristofaro said investigators are continuing to pursue aspects of the investigation, such as reviewing computers and social media accounts. Subpoenas have to be sent to computer and social media companies, and they are not always quick to respond.
“These things take a lot of time,” DeCristofaro said.
He said police are still operating under the theory the shooting was accidental.
“Right now, that is still how we are looking at it,” he said.
Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said no decision has been made on charges as “quite a few” aspects of the inquiry continue. She said there was no timetable for any decisions related to charges or a potential grand jury review of the case and would not elaborate.
“It’s inappropriate to comment on an investigation that’s ongoing at this time,” she said.
Although the shooting was not believed to be intentional, there are numerous criminal charges that could be filed for an unintentional act that causes a death, ranging from criminally negligent homicide (the state’s least weighty homicide count) to a second-degree murder charge that alleges a person acted with “depraved indifference” in causing another’s death.
Mrs. Rosenbrock was the mother of three young children who was known for her spirit and dedication to a charitable cause focused on “random acts of kindness.” The couple started the charity after the death of their 18-month-old daughter from an infection 5 years ago.
Donations in Mrs. Rosenbrock’s memory can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 243 Main St., Corinth, NY 12822; The Brave Will Foundation, 371 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019, c/o Matt and Tammy Hladun (bravewill.org); or the Vivienne Eloise Scholarship Fund, c/o Lake George School District.