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Couple wounded, police unclear who shot whom

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Officers and detectives with Metro's Domestic Violence Unit found Joseph Smith inside the couple's home. He was wounded and either unable or unwilling to say what happened. Officers and detectives with Metro's Domestic Violence Unit found Joseph Smith inside the couple's home. He was wounded and either unable or unwilling to say what happened.
Mary Ann Keye Mary Ann Keye
LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors described Evelyn and Joseph Smith as a loving couple, proud and strong-willed, despite the challenges of age. Now, police wonder whether an argument in which neither would budge sparked the gunfire that left both wounded.

Petersburg Estates is full of gracious homes and well-kept lawns.

"Everybody would like to live here," Mary Ann Keye said Tuesday. "I've been over here 20 years and they've been over here longer than I have. "

Keye said she only knows Joseph and Evelyn Smith from waving to them when she's out walking. But other neighbors speak of the couple's strong-wills, and independent spirits.   Joseph Smith made his career in the military; a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

But at age 80, his eyesight began to fail. Evelyn Smith, 73, become as much a caregiver as life's companion. Her noontime call to 911 is why Louisville Metro Police have launched a criminal investigation.

"She had been shot, advised our officers that she had been shot," Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.

Evelyn Smith, wounded and bleeding, had walked more than a block from her home on Exeter Avenue to the parsonage of Newburg Apostolic Church, her family church, to make the call.

"It shocked me," Keye said. "It got me very nervous."

Officers and detectives with Metro's Domestic Violence Unit found Joseph Smith inside the couple's home. He was wounded and either unable or unwilling to say what happened.

"It looks as if one or perhaps both parties may have shot one another," Smiley said. "Again, specifically, who was the initial aggressor, that's something we're still trying to determine at this point." Detectives would spend hours inside the couple's home and the church parsonage, gathering material.  

"They (the couple) seemed fine Easter Sunday," Associate Pastor Willie Hunter said. "He seemed to be getting along better."

As of early Tuesday evening, detectives hadn't interviewed the couple to determine what, if any criminal charges either might face.

"I just hope nothing serious," Keye said. "I just hope everything goes well for them, ‘cause they are some nice people​."

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