Amy Nose

Amy Nose

Police: Upland man kills wife, shoots self

Paul Bryon Nose II held police at bay in his mother-in-law's home for much of Thursday.

By NICK WERNER and DOUGLAS WALKER • March 26, 2010

UPLAND -- Police say an Upland man fatally shot his wife in her mother's home Thursday morning, then held police at bay for hours before shooting himself.

When members of an Indiana State Police SWAT team stormed the house -- at 644 W. North St. -- about 5:30 p.m., they found Paul Bryon Nose II, 42, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

He died as preparations were being made to fly him by medical helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.

Authorities also found the body of Nose's 39-year-old wife, Amy, and believe she was killed by her husband shortly after 7 a.m., when callers to 911 reported hearing shots coming from the house.


Police were uncertain when Paul Nose shot himself, although his communication with authorities and text messages with family members ended about 1:30 p.m. He was found in a hallway, while his wife's body was found in a bathroom.

Upland police arrived at the house soon after receiving the reports of shots fired, but were "unsuccessful" in establishing "personal contact" with any occupants, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

Grant County sheriff's deputies and state police also came to the scene. Eventually officers "made verbal communication" with Paul Nose, the release said, but they were unable to persuade him to surrender.

State police are leading the investigation of the shootings. No shots were fired by officers as they entered the home, ISP Sgt. Rod Russell said.

Authorities said the domestic problems between the couple had been ongoing for several weeks, with Amy Nose spending some time in a women's shelter. She filed for divorce on Feb. 11; that case was still pending in Grant Superior Court at the time of her death.

On Wednesday night, Amy Nose filed a police report that alleged some act of intimidation by her husband.

"I don't know if that's what triggered this today," Grant County Sheriff Darrell Himelick said.

Amy Nose had been granted a protective order when she filed the divorce suit last month, but the pair had mutual contact recently and might have been trying to reconcile their differences, authorities said.

"You can only do so much," Himelick said.

Court records reflect the couple lived for several years in the 100 block of North Lake Street in Upland. Married for 20 years, they were the parents of two daughters.

Paul Nose was convicted of burglary in Grant County in 1990.


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