A 50-year-old Granite City woman is recovering after apparently being shot by her husband yesterday morning. Police say Patricia Howell was found bleeding in the street in front of her home in the 2500 block of Jerden Avenue. Her husband, 62-year-old Troy Howell, is said to have fled back inside the house, where he shot himself. He died later at a St. Louis hospital.
On Wednesday, the Madison County Sheriff's Department served a summons to Mr. Howell, ordering him to appear in Madison County in response to his wife's petition for an order of protection. At the time of this morning's shooting, the order of protection had not yet been filed in Madison County Court. Patricia Howell remains hospitalized with what are called non-life threatening injuries.