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Wife Charged In Shooting Death Of MWAA Officer

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A Loudoun County woman is behind bars tonight, accused of murder in the shooting death of her husband.

As it turns out, he's the one who always carried a weapon.

The victim, Corporal Steven Spradling, is a 25 year veteran of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.

Neighbors say there's been trouble at the Spradling home on Blossom Drive in Sterling many times before.

Next door neighbor, Lori Cole, says life on Blossom Drive wasn't so rosy, ever since Steve Spradling moved in 15 years ago.

"For the first.. I would say four years or so, we were happy. And then he met his wife at Dulles airport. She was the shoe shine girl, he was the cop, "Cole says.

Cole says police were called to the home several times to investigate domestic violence incidents.

But she says Spradling didn't just threaten his family.

Anyone who walked on his lawn was targeted, as she found out, when one of her dogs strayed too close to his house next door.

"The one day I took him out front, Steve just happened to be coming out and he told me I was a dead woman, and he walked back towards his house. I thought he was going to get a gun so I called police at that point, "Cole says.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was called to the home again Friday night after reports of shots fired

They found Corporal Spradling dead inside from gunshots wounds.

His wife, Rosangela was taken into custody and charged with first degree murder.

Cole says she knows Rosangela had tried to get away from her husband but couldn't.

"I do know that a little over a year ago, she had a temporary restraining order against him. I talked to her about it, and offered my support with anything she needed of course. She was about to go to court, and she was afraid the judge wouldn't grant another protective order, and Steve did return home,"Cole says.

And now, months later, he's dead.

"The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is deeply saddened by the loss of Corporal Steven Spradling, an Airports Authority police officer for more than 25 years. Our condolences are with his loved ones during this difficult time, "Spokesman Rob Yingling says.

While she feels for Spradling's children, Cole says she's actually feeling relieved, that he won't be coming back to the neighborhood.

"I have to admit, I feel relief that he's no longer with us," Cole says.

Neighbors are caring for the couple's two elementary school-aged children. It's not known if they witnessed the shooting.

Rosangela Spradling is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Detention Center.

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