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Friday, November 15, 2013 9:24 PM


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VAN WERT — The legal case against Tamara K. Menke in the shooting death of Barbara Robinson began with an initial appearance in Van Wert Municipal Court on Friday. Judge Jill Leatherman ordered Menke held on a $1 million bond.

Menke was apprehended just before 10 a.m. Friday morning in a barn on her property on Brittsan Road. She had managed to elude law enforcement since shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when she allegedly shot her mother in the chest and her father in the thigh before fleeing their South Fulton Street. home with an empty .22 caliber rifle.


Robinson later died of her wounds while being transported to a Fort Wayne hospital. The male shooting victim was taken for treatment at a Fort Wayne hospital.

Residents in the western half of the county were on high alert overnight as law enforcement conducted a search in various places in the area. A statement that Menke should be considered armed and dangerous kept tensions high.

The story began with the shooting of the two persons at 223 S. Fulton St. in Van Wert. Police were told that the two had been shot with a .22 caliber rifle and that the firearm was out of ammunition when the shooter left the house.

By the time police got to the house there was no shooter, but Menke’s name was given to officers. A search was begun for the suspect, centering on the Brittsan Roadd. property, but also including other properties as far west as the state line.Tamara Menke is brought into the Van Wert Police Station Friday morning. (Submitted photo)

When law enforcement resumed a search Friday morning, the 47-year-old Menke was spotted near one of the buildings on her property. She was taken into custody and brought to Van Wert for questioning and to be placed in jail. A preliminary hearing was set for Thursday. She presently is charged with murder, but more charges will likely be filed. Her case could be considered by the Van Wert County Grand Jury in December.

Last Updated on Friday, November 15, 2013 9:34 PM

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