By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

YERINGTON, Nev. (AP) - Nine months after a rural Nevada postal worker was shot and killed while stopping at her own home to deliver mail, police have arrested her husband and charged him with killing her.

Johnie Nicole Shadden, 26, regularly stopped at home during her delivery route and often used it as a break from work. When her husband, Dustin Cooper, who did gun repair work from his home, reported she’d been shot, he said it was an accidental injury.

Investigators questioned Cooper and let go him go, saying publicly said he wasn’t a suspect in the death of his 26-year-old wife.

But the Lyon County Sherriff’s deputies kept investigating with the help of the U.S. Postal Service and the FBI, including doing forensic analysis on the gun that fired the fatal shot. The FBI joined the investigation, as well as U.S. Postal Service inspectors, a national, 1,400-officer force that investigates crime ranging from mail fraud to assaults on postal employees.

Then on Thursday, police - aided by postal officers - arrested the 27-year-old Cooper on suspicion of murder with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Cooper had a lawyer, and a publicly listed phone number for him was disconnected. A message left for one of his relatives wasn’t immediately returned.

Authorities aren’t saying why Cooper shot his wife and are offering hardly any details about what happened in the rare murder in Yerington, a town of 3,000 people about 75 miles southeast of Reno.

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