KULPMONT — A Kulpmont woman was jailed on $100,000 cash bail Sunday morning after police charged her with shooting her husband in the face with a pellet gun during an argument late Saturday night at their home.
Kulpmont Police Chief Patrick McAndrew said Helena Crosby, 48, of 654 Maple St., told him her husband, Vincent Thomas Crosby, came home from traveling and began to drink heavily. He became aggressive towards her and, after some family friends left the house, called her names, grabbed her and told her, “I will kill you,” according to Helena Crosby’s statement.
Helena Crosby said she called 9-1-1 and her husband went into the back yard. She also grabbed the air rifle. While she was still on the phone with 9-1-1 at about 10:45 p.m., her husband returned and began walking toward her in an aggressive manner, she told police.
Then, she shot him, she said.
She told police she did not mean to shoot him, and told the dispatcher, “oh my God I shot him.”
She said Vincent Crosby came toward her, hit her in the face, then fell to the ground. She saw blood coming from him and asked if he was okay, to which he replied, “F— you, I’m okay,” she said. Then he became unresponsive, she said.
A warrant filed by Kulpmont Patrolman Nathan Foust and signed by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III at 3:15 a.m. Sunday said police arrived at the scene and took points of cover. A neighbor contacted Helena Crosby and had her step outside, where she was taken into custody by police, the warrant says.
Officers entered the house and found furniture thrown about the living room and a long .22 caliber air rifle lying on the floor, it says. Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Tomtishen, who initially responded to the scene, secured the weapon.
Vincent Crosby was lying in the entryway to the dining room/kitchen with blood pouring from his nose and pooling on the floor, the warrant says. He was airlifted by Life Flight from the Terry Miriello sports complex at around midnight.
A CAT scan at Geisinger Medical Center showed a pellet entered Vincent Crosby’s left nostril and lodged in his brain, the warrant says. He was on a breathing machine, it says.
Vincent Crosby was listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.
Helena Crosby was taken from the scene at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday to the Kulpmont Police station, where she was held overnight until her arraignment at the station at 9:30 a.m. by Gembic. She was then remanded to Centrej County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
Helena Crosby faces felony charges of aggravated assault (two counts) and discharging a firearm in an occupied structure and misdemeanor counts of simple assault (two counts) and recklessly endangering another person.
Aiding Kulpmont and Mount Carmel Township at the scene were numerous state police and Mount Carmel Borough officers and AREA Services Ambulance personnel. A dog residing in the home was cared for at the scene by Area Services EMT Shayla Hendricks and placed with a local animal shelter overnight.