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Court records indicate the victim of a fatal shooting Wednesday allegedly by her estranged husband    had filed for a divorce last year but reconsidered less than a month later and withdrew her complaint.

According to records in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, Amy Ross filed a divorce complaint on April 19, including a motion for a mutual restraining order, but then filed a dismissal notice on May 15.

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Ross, 43, was pronounced dead at the home of her sister, Andrea Swope, 44, on N. Leutz Road in Carroll Township, north of Oak Harbor.

She was found in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Swope had called the sheriff’s department shortly before noon, reporting the shooting and advising dispatchers the alleged shooter, Randall Ross, had then shot himself and was still at the residence.

Carroll Township Police Chief Jody Hatfield, the first responding officer to arrive on the scene, encountered Mr. Ross, 47, in the driveway.

Ross was treated at the scene by the Carroll Township Fire Department and transported by Life Flight to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The victim and Mr. Ross had lived at 2715 County Road 265, Fremont, but she had been staying with her sister.

A spokesperson for Mercy St. Vincent Thursday said the hospital had no information concerning Ross but Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said Friday morning that Ross suffered two head wounds and the hospital was providing updates on his condition to law enforcement officials.

The investigation is for the most part complete except for a few interviews.

“The crime scene and autopsy are done. The next big thing is to see what happens with his condition,” the sheriff said. “As far as any criminal charges it would be up to the prosecuting attorney’s office. I don’t anticipate any criminal charges at this time until he is released from the hospital.”

Swope’s daughter was at the home at the time of the shooting but there were no other injuries, the sheriff said.

Swope was able to get control of the hand gun after Ross shot himself.  

“She said he laid the gun on the floor next to him after he shot himself so she grabbed it,” the sheriff said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

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