Vermilion police are calling the shooting death of a man early this morning suspicious.
Officers were called to a home at 2001 North Ridge Road just after 6 this morning and found a man in his 30s dead of a gunshot wound in an upstairs bedroom. He was shot in a way that officers did not believe he had shot himself, according to police Chief Bob Kish.
The man’s wife was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. It was unclear whether others were in the home when the shooting happened.
The home and a large barn behind it are the location of Simko Tree Service, which is owned by Jeremy and Julene Simko, according to the Simko Web site. Kish wouldn’t confirm if they were the couple involved in today’s incident, but a neighbor identified the couple who lived in the house as Jeremy and Julene, and a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Julene Simko had been treated and released today.
The neighbor, who didn’t want to give her name, said she wasn’t close with her neighbors but had seen them just yesterday raking leaves in their yard.
“They were always together,” the neighbor said. “Always. If you saw one, you saw the other.”