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Ovilla woman undergoes surgery after being shot

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OVILLA - Kathleen Norton, 42, underwent surgery last Wednesday, Oct. 3, at a Dallas hospital, after being shot in the head by her husband who killed himself, authorities said.

Norton is the court coordinator for Family Court District Judge Lynn Cherry.

Her 43-year-old husband, Howard Norton, died at their Ovilla home, where the shootings occurred.

'This horrible incident hits home on more than one level,' Dallas County's family court judges said in a written statement.

'We are all personally in a state of shock and we are deeply concerned about our colleague, Kathleen.'

According to police, Ovilla officers were called to the couple's home in the 100 block of Suburban Drive late last Tuesday.

When officers arrived, they heard a woman screaming for help, authorities said.

'She was trying to break the window out, and the officers helped her finish breaking the window and pulled her to safety,' Ovilla Police Chief Mike Moon said.

When officers entered through the front door, they found Mr. Norton on the living room floor, dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Chief Moon said police don't know what prompted Mr. Norton to shoot his wife and kill himself.

'We haven't been able to interview her,' Chief Moon said. 'The best we can tell, it was a domestic [dispute] that turned violent.'

For Mrs. Norton's co-workers, the situation is particularly tragic given that family courts often deal with family violence issues.

'We are also all painfully aware of how family violence does tremendous harm to families from all walks of life, and that no one is immune to this issue,' the judges wrote. 'Certainly, no one else is more aware of the problem of family violence than us, the Family Court Judges who handle these issues on a regular basis in our courts.

'We work with this reality every day in the hope that our legal system can help to prevent tragedies like this one,' the judges wrote.

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