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February 1, 2014

Navy veteran shoots wife, then self in Royse City

ROYSE CITY — A United States Navy veteran shot his wife Friday morning in Royse City before killing himself, leaving behind an 11-year-old daughter.

Scott Arthur Croop, 39, was set to retire from the Navy Friday when he shot his wife, Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, multiple times. Kara’s attorney, Lisa Canterberry, said the couple had filed for divorce in November of 2013, and Scott was set to sign the divorce papers on Monday. Canterberry confirmed that Scott had served overseas in Bahrain.

The shooting occurred around 8:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Cookston Lane in Royse City. Kara was rushed to Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where she remained in critical condition late Friday night. Scott was found dead by police in the middle of the street.

“It’s a total shock,” a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “You don’t expect that to happen in Royse City, Texas. This is the kind of thing that happens in other neighborhoods. This neighborhood is generally pretty quiet. It’s the kind of neighborhood where on Halloween everyone trick-or-treats; everyone knows each others’ kids.”

Royse City Police Chief Jeff Stapleton said they first received a “shots fired” call around 9 a.m. Friday morning. Then, he said, there were reports that possibly two suspects were involved in a shooting incident.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found two bodies in the street. The shooting occurred in front of the couple’s home.

“My wife’s been crying all day,” the Croops’ neighbor said. “It’s traumatic; it’s upsetting. They filed for divorce two months ago, but you just don’t know what sets people off.”

Neighbors said that Kara was taken by ambulance to Rockwall and then careflighted to Baylor. It took about two hours for the police to clear the scene. The Croop’s child was in school when the shooting occurred.

Stapleton said that no one else is believed to have been involved in the incident.

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