Husband didn t shoot me: widow
Police at the scene of the Dudley Park siege. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

The wife of the man at the centre of this week's Dudley Park police siege denies her husband shot at her and says he decided to take his own life after a battle with cancer and a stroke.

Nola Elsie James, 75, fled her Goomarl Street home on Monday morning after her 67-year-old husband Allan John James shot her in the upper body.

Mrs James ran to a friend's home on neighbouring Boundary Road with the firearm that she had managed to grab from her husband.

Police cordoned off streets and tried to contact Mr James but he was later found dead next to another firearm.

Mrs James told Fairfax Media yesterday she and her "loving husband" were a happy couple and he had not tried to hurt her.

She said Mr James fired a shot to frighten her out of the house because he intended to kill himself and did not want her to see.

Mrs James was taken to hospital for treatment for a chest wound but she said her injuries were not serious and Mr James did not shoot at her.

"There was definitely no domestic dispute," she said.

Mrs James was not shocked her husband killed himself after a bowel cancer battle and a stroke that left him with vision in only one eye.

A report is to be prepared for the Coroner.

The West Australian

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