COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany coroner has ruled the death of a popular north shore doctor a homicide after he sustained two gunshots to the chest at the hands of his wife.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened early Sunday morning north of Covington, near the Folsom area.
According to a spokesman for the sheriff's office, Kacie Breen called police around 3 a.m. Sunday to say she'd been in an altercation with her husband, after which she shot him.
Deputies responded to the home on Highway 437 near Folsom and discovered the husband, Dr. Wayne Breen, in the home with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kacie was still at the scene.
Following an investigation, detectives say the couple had an argument over personal issues in their relationship. That argument escalated into a violent physical altercation. The argument ended with Kacie Breen shooting her husband, police say.
Officers say the couple had a history of domestic issues, including reported physical violence committed by Wayne Breen. In 2012, Kacie Breen allegedly obtained a restraining order against him; that order has since expired.
The investigation continues as detectives work to determine whether or not any criminal action was committed.
Breen worked at the Doctors for Women Medical Center in Covington. Neighbors say they heard the commotion Sunday morning and were shocked to hear of what happened. They describe Wayne Breen as a quiet, polite man, who was well liked, and well known.