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Martha’s Vineyard Shooting Ruled Self-Defense

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West Tisbury police were called to this home on Skiffs Lane after the shooting Friday.

West Tisbury police were called to this home on Skiffs Lane after the shooting Friday.

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WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 63-year-old Martha’s Vineyard woman who shot and killed her estranged husband will not face charges because she acted in self-defense.

Authorities say Cynthia Bloomquist shot 64-year-old Kenneth Bloomquist after he broke into her West Tisbury home on Friday.

Police say Kenneth Bloomquist shot his wife first and she returned fire.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said in a statement Monday that the medical examiner found the cause of death for Kenneth Bloomquist was a gunshot wound to the chest.

He says an investigation determined it was self-defense and his office will take no further action.

Cynthia Bloomquist underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the torso.

She had previously been denied a restraining order against her husband.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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