Butler County Times Gazette
  • Potwin shooting believed to be intentional

  • A shooting yesterday afternoon in Potwin sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.
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  • A shooting yesterday afternoon in Potwin sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.
    Richard Longabardi was allegedly shot by his wife in the shoulder yesterday afternoon. He was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center via air ambulance in critical condition after Brooke Longabardi, the alleged shooter, called 911. When deputies arrived, they found her providing first aid to the victim.
    Richard, who received one gunshot wound to the upper left shoulder of his back, was able to make a statement to a Sheriff's detective, claiming the shooting to be an accident. Brooke also made a statement to police that the shooting was accidental.
    Upon investigation, authorities now believe the shooting was anything but an accident. Witnesses claim to have heard several shots fired during an argument between the couple.
    The couple has lived in Potwin for three years and have four children, ranging in ages from 13 to 4 years of age. They were interviewed and then released to a grandparent.
    Brooke, who made her first appearance in court this afternoon, is being charged with aggravated battery, which is a severity level-four felony. The charge carries a possible sentence of 38 to 172 months with the department of corrections, a fine of up to $100,000, as well as restitution or damages payment.
    Her bond was set at $30,000 and she is to have no contact with the alleged victim. Her preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
    The case is still under investigation by the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.
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