LPD: Man arrested for shooting 78-year-old wife in head

John Kotopka
John Kotopka(Lincoln Police)
Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 11:16 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:26 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A 78-year-old woman is fighting for her life after police said her husband shot her in the head this weekend.

Officers with the Lincoln Police Department responded to a shooting in the 1800 block of Dakota Street on Sunday around 6:35 a.m..

A 42-year-old man called 911 and said he was awoken by a gunshot and found his mom, Janet Kotopka, in the living room with a gunshot wound to head.

Officers said based on evidence at the scene and information collected through interviewing witnesses, they developed probable cause Janet’s husband, 80-year-old John Kotopka, was responsible for the shooting.

First responders with Lincoln Fire and Rescue transported Janet to an area hospital where she has life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

LPD said crime scene technicians were called to the home to process evidence.

According to investigators, the 42-year-old son lives at the home. LPD said the handgun has been recovered.

John Kotopka was arrested for first degree assault.

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