CORINTH — State Police said Saturday that the Corinth woman who was shot to death Thursday night was accidentally killed by her husband as he cleaned a gun.
No charges have been filed against Eric Rosenbrock in connection with the death of his 34-year-old wife, Ashley Rosenbrock.
State Police said Mr. Rosenbrock, 35, was "performing maintenance" on a handgun that he legally owns when it fired, hitting his wife. The shooting happened in the couple's Raymond Street home around 10:30 p.m.
Mrs. Rosenbrock was taken to Saratoga Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed Saturday by forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Siikirica, who determined the death was "consistent with the information and evidence that has been discovered to this point in the investigation," State Police said in a news release.
Police did not say what type of handgun fired the shot, where Mrs. Rosenbrock was hit or explain how the gun came to discharge.
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Mr. Rosenbrock was cooperative with investigators, and was questioned extensively late Thursday and early Friday, authorities said.
Though the shooting is being labeled an accident, charges that allege he was negligent or reckless could potentially be pursued, such as criminally negligent homicide or manslaughter.
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Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen would not comment on the prospect of charges on Friday, but police said the investigation was ongoing.
Mr. Rosenbrock is a science teacher in the Lake George school district. The couple has three young children, and neighbors described them as dedicated parents and nice people. Their 18-month-old daughter died of an infection 5 years ago, and the family had been involved in extensive fundraising in the years since.
Jason Proctor, the pastor at the United Methodist Church in Corinth, where Ashley and Eric met as teens and later married, told Post-Star newspartner NewsChannel 13 that the Rosenbrocks had a wonderful love for each other and their three children.
Proctor said Ashley wanted to share her faith with her children, so she recently started teaching a church school program.
The fatal accidental shooting is the second in Saratoga County in a matter of weeks.
Police said a 61-year-old man was killed in a Wilton motel on Oct. 7 after a resident of an adjacent room accidentally fired a gun that put a round through a wall. Michael Kornacki was found dead in his room three days later, and his relatives have questioned how the shooting could have occurred as police concluded.
The alleged shooter, Daniel Salas-Miranda, 40, has been jailed on a felony weapon charge, as he did not legally possess the gun, and a count that alleged he is a Mexican immigrant who is in the country illegally. He is being held in Saratoga County Jail.