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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police have arrested an 84-year-old man and charged him with murder. Alva Gussler is accused of killing a woman who lived in his home and wounding his own son.
State Police say a family argument of some kind touched off Thursday night's shooting.
Alva Gussler lived in a Grayson County house with his 48-year-old son Michael and 59-year-old Laura Ford. According to investigators, Alva shot and killed Ford and wounded his son in the arm. Police will not say what started the argument.
"Our detectives have interviewed Alva Gussler as well as the son, Michael Gussler. And once we get that information, we're just going to present it to the grand jury and let them make the determination as to how this argument occurred," said KSP Trooper Norman Chaffins.
Alva Gussler is charged with murder and assault. One neighbor, who did not want to talk on camera, described him as bedridden, but did not know what specific health problems he may have had.
Gussler was well enough to be taken to jail, but late today he was released on bond and taken to Twin Lakes Medical Center for evaluation. "He was in the bed but, however, we don't know if he was bedridden or confined to the bed at this point," said Chaffins.
There was no answer at the home today, though we did spot a dog in the house and a broken window.
A neighbor described Michael Gussler as "odd." But police will not speculate about anyone's emotional state or family history, or how Alva Gussler may have gotten the apparent bruise on his face.
"He made a point to us to let us know that happened to him. That's something we're still looking into. Obviously, there's going to be follow-up on that statement he made to us as far as that occurring," said Chaffins.
Police say it is a bit unusual to have an 84-year-old murder suspect. But they say they'll treat this like any other case. The investigation continues.