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Harford County

Shooting, suicide in northern Harford

A 29-year-old Street woman was in fair condition at shock trauma Tuesday afternoon, four days after being shot Friday evening by a man with whom she was in a romantic relationship, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, later identified as Joseph Nathan Soule, 27, of the 2000 block of Cullum Road in Bel Air, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after he shot the woman, identified as Ashley R. Cook, 29, of the 3800 block of Salem Church Road in Jarrettsville, in the abdomen, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.


The shooting happened in the 3700 block of Burkins Road, where Cook, a home health care worker, was taking care of an elderly resident, Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's, wrote in a news release.

According to Hopkins, Soule went to the home and began damaging Cook's car. Cook went outside to see what was happening and confronted Soule, Hopkins said.


He then shot her in the midsection with a handgun, put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger again, Hopkins said.

Soule was dead at the scene, Hopkins said.

EMS workers with the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company treated Cook at the scene before she was flown in a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Hopkins said the investigation will continue pending further interviews with Cook as her condition improves at shock trauma.