Neighbors react to shooting suspect found dead in Grover Beach home

William Forgey allegedly shot and injured his estranged wife Saturday

bcuddy@thetribunenews.comDecember 4, 2012 

SECOND UPDATE: The shooting of a Grover Beach woman and the apparent suicide of her alleged attacker were a textbook case of domestic violence, a neighbor said Wednesday morning. 


She said the neighborhood’s thoughts are with the victim, her children, and her mother, all of whom were at the house when the assault took place. She added that they will be taking steps to ensure that the traumatized family will be welcomed back to the neighborhood and aided in rebuilding their lives as normally as possible. 

The neighbor spoke on the condition of anonymity outside the house at 823 Mentone Ave. while standing in front of the shards of a fence that had been rammed by a SWAT team during a Tuesday night standoff. Children’s toys lay scattered in the yard. 

The incident began Saturday when William Forgey approached the house and sought entry, neighbors said. After his estranged wife denied him access, he shot, they said. The woman was taken to a hospital.

In a news release, the Grover Beach Police Department did not give her condition, but neighbors, who asked not to be indentified, said her wounds were not life-threatening. 

Forgey left town for a couple of days, police said, and the family was taken to an undisclosed location for safekeeping. Forgey, 46, returned Tuesday evening, police said. Police surrounded the house, and tried to talk Forgey, who was armed, into surrendering. 

Meanwhile, authorities evacuated the neighborhood. 

At 2:30 a.m. members of the regional SWAT team found Forgey dead inside the house “as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” 

Others involved in the incident and the investigation that preceded it were the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande police , and the county Probation Department.

UPDATE: A man suspected of shooting his wife in Grover Beach shot and killed himself inside the home where the original incident took place, police said Wednesday morning.

Grover Beach police Chief Jim Copsey said Tuesday night that William Roger Forgey, 46, who allegedly shot his wife Saturday, was alone in his wife's mother's home at 823 Mentone Ave. about 10 p.m.

A perimeter was set up around the home and officers tried to convince Forgey to surrender. Forgey was armed with a gun and refusing to cooperate, according to a news release sent by the Grover Beach Police Department on Wednesday morning.

The San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT Team was called, and at approximately 2:30 a.m. Forgey was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home.

Several neighbors had been evacuated during the SWAT operation, according to authorities. No residents or officers were injured during the incident.

The coroner was called to investigate.

Original story: A man suspected of shooting his estranged wife Saturday in Grover Beach was believed to be holed up Tuesday night in the house where the incident occurred, police said.

Grover Beach police Chief Jim Copsey said William Forgey, who allegedly shot his wife Saturday, was alone in his wife’s mother’s home at 823 Mentone Ave. about 10 p.m. A SWAT team was en route, and no contact had been made with the suspect as of that time.

“Our assumption is he’s still armed and dangerous,” Copsey said. 

Police had been actively searching for Forgey since the incident Saturday, which put Forgey's estranged wife in the hospital. Earlier in the day Tuesday, police discovered that Forgey was at the residence of the initial incident.

A perimeter was set up around the house between 6 and 7 p.m., and police were awaiting action from the SWAT team.


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