Far East Aspect man charged with killing spouse

Beth Burger The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus police arrested a slain woman‘s husband early Friday after she was shot to death as she tried to flee their home on the Far East Side.

Keith McCauley II, 39, is charged with murder after Columbus police say he brandished a handgun and shot his wife, 39-year-old Lucille McCauley. The couple was fighting at their home in the 6200 block of Chinaberry Drive when the shooting happened just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The call to dispatchers initially came in as a stabbing. Columbus police Homicide Unit Sgt. Stan Latta, who oversees second shift, refused to tell The Dispatch Thursday night whether Lucille McCauley was shot or stabbed at the scene. A gun was recovered by officers.

A neighbor called 911 when he saw her lying in his yard.

“I can‘t tell if it‘s knife wounds or gun wounds. I can‘t tell,” he told a dispatcher. He also alluded to a run-in he had with Keith McCauley earlier in the day. At the time of the call, Lucille McCauley still had a pulse.

Medics took her to Mount Carmel East hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead at 5:06 p.m., according to police.

SWAT officers were called out after Keith McCauley sat in the front yard in a standoff with officers that lasted a few hours. Officers had to subdue him with a stun gun to take him into custody.

“During his interview, Mr. McCauley admitted to shooting his wife,” according to court records.

The couple has a 9-year-old son.

This marks the 18th homicide in the city this year. Of those deaths, this is the fourth fatal case of intimate partner violence this year.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police homicide investigators at or remain anonymous by calling Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).


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