Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Police identify woman killed in James City County shooting; husband in custody

Robert Lee Coates (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Robert Lee Coates (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

James City County Police have identified a woman who was shot and killed Saturday as a 72-year-old county resident.

Irene Coates was found dead at a residence in the 200 block of Sandy Bay Road after police were called to the home for a domestic dispute, police wrote in a news release Saturday night.

Medics pronounced Coates dead at the scene.

Police took her husband, Robert Lee Coates, into custody shortly after the incident, according to the news release.

He is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Original story:

James City County Police are releasing very few details about a shooting Saturday afternoon that left a woman dead.

“We’re not releasing anything else at this time,” said police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. authorities responded to a “dispute” in the 200 block of Sandy Bay Road.

There, police found a woman who was shot, according to a news release. The woman was later pronounced dead at the scene by medics, authorities said.

The suspect “has been detained” and there is no threat to the public at this time, police said.

It’s unclear if the victim and suspect knew each other. Police did not release their identities.

Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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