More revealed in Tippecanoe Co. shooting involving a PU prof.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office on scene of a shooting at Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office on scene of a shooting at Farmstead Lane in West Lafayette on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Our sister station, WLFI in Lafayette, released new information concerning the two people involved in a shooting in Tippecanoe County. The victim in the incident is a professor at Purdue and she filed for divorce late last year.

The 911 call came in around 8:45 a.m. Sheriff Tracy Brown said Marcia Gentry, 51, had multiple gunshot wounds to her lower body. Her husband William Byers, 64, was found dead in the house with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Brown confirmed that the family’s dog was also shot and killed. Gentry is currently at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she remains in fair condition.

Brown said Gentry tried to dial 911, but had too much blood on her hands. She was able to push re-dial and call her mom, and then her mom called in the incident.

Sheriff Brown said Gentry and Byers were the only ones inside the home at the time of the incident. He said the 15-year-old daughter was away at boarding school in Connecticut.

Brown confirmed Thursday night that this was a domestic issue. According to court documents, Gentry filed for divorce in November of 2013. The couple married on July 20, 1996.

A Purdue University spokeswoman confirmed that Marcia Gentry is a professor in the College of Education. According to the university’s website, she started at Purdue as an associate professor in 2004. In 2010, she was named a professor.

The Dean of the College of Education, Maryann Santos de Barona, released a statement early Friday afternoon. She said her thoughts, and those of her colleagues, are with Marcia and her family as they work to heal and recover from this devastating incident.

“Marcia Gentry is one of the shining stars in our college. She is a professor in gifted, creative and talented studies and continues a great tradition of scholars and teachers in gifted education at Purdue,” said Santos de Barona. “She has projects underway across Indiana, with five Native American communities, and in numerous countries that include Colombia, Kuwait, China and Korea. As director of GERI – the Gifted Education Resource Institute – her impact is felt far beyond the boundaries of campus. There has been an outpouring of support from alumni and friends, literally, around the world.”

WLFI reached out to neighbors’ in the area. One neighbor did not want to comment, but did say the neighborhood is usually very quiet.

Sheriff Brown said the case is still under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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