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Woman dies after being shot by estranged husband in Jeffersontown

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The Dance With Grace dance studio. The Dance With Grace dance studio.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown Police say Frederick Zeh, the man wanted for shooting his estranged wife Thursday night before having a drink at a local restaurant, was found dead in his home Friday evening.

That woman, 57-year-old Lucy Zeh, was pronounced dead at University Hospital on Friday at 6 p.m.

She died of a single gunshot wound.

Police say after shooting his wife in the head, Zeh went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Thursday night. Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders confirms Zeh was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home Friday.

Police were searching high and low for Zeh and keeping an eye on his home on Corn Island Court, where he was eventually found dead Friday night after police obtained a search warrant for the home.

Before Zeh was found, chief Sanders said his officers were searching everywhere. 

"We are looking everywhere that he lays his head and we're going to find him and I would hope that he would call us, come talk to us about his offense," said Chief Sanders said earlier Friday.

"My whole house started flashing blue and I looked out the window and there were seven cop cars," said Janet Adkins.

Adkins heard the commotion outside her home on Tucker Road in Jeffersontown on Thursday night and could not believe what she saw next.

"So I walked outside and there's a body laying right there," she said.

Police say Zeh shot his estranged wife in the head as she was leaving the Dance With Grace dance studio.

"A cop was down there giving her CPR and saying, 'Don't you die on me' and was crying," explained Adkins.

"She had gotten into her car, he dragged her from the car into the roadway where he proceeded to shoot her one time," said Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders. "There were witnesses to this and he also threatened them with the gun."

Chief Sanders says after leaving the scene, Zeh's stop at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse off Breckenridge Lane was pretty unusual.

"That is a strange sequence of events to shoot your estranged wife and then go have a drink at the bar," Sanders said. "That is pretty bizarre."

Adkins is relieved to know this was not just another random act of violence, but said she still has one concern.

"Well, I want her to live," she said. "All I could do is pray."

Police say the couple had been been married since the '80s, but was in the process of getting a divorce.

This story has been updated.

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