A MURDER investigation has been launched after the wife of a gun dealer was fatally shot at her farmhouse.
The victim, named locally as corporate solicitor Silke Hartshorne-Jones, was found by Suffolk Police who were called to the couple’s Grade-II listed home in the early hours yesterday.
She was in a critical condition and taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Ms Hartshorne-Jones, who was in her 40s, lived at the 17th Century home in Barham, near Ipswich, with her husband Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, and eight-year-old twins Henry and Harry.
Her husband runs Hartshorne Fine English Shotguns, selling what his website describes as ‘the finest sporting English and Scottish shotguns’.
He also has a recruitment company specialising in providing staff for the catering industry.
One villager described Mrs Hartshorne-Jones, who was German, as friendly and ‘a devoted mother’.
‘What has happened is just awful beyond words. It is the last thing you expect in a peaceful village like this,’ the local added.
Neighbour Kevin Terry, 53, said: ‘She was quite a stern and forthright person but she spoke excellent English with only a bit of an accent.
‘He was a very English character who liked to wear a flat cap, and a Barbour jacket, and he had a collection of multi-coloured corduroy trousers.’
Sussex Police, who cordoned off the property, said a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.