The details weren't initially clear, but the end result is apparent. Local wealth manager Richard Schwartz took his own life on the afternoon of Aug. 21, 2013.
The Perspective was contacted late in the afternoon on Aug. 21 by a former Schwartz associate with word of the incident, and over the next 24 hours a horrifying scene was described by family members, employees, and others close to Schwartz. The following description contains details corroborated independently by multiple sources.
While residing at their home and horse farm in Simpsonville, Ky., a domestic dispute arose between Schwartz and his wife, Brielle Cotterman-Schwartz, sometime in the afternoon on Aug. 21. The argument concerned Brielle’s intention to divorce Schwartz. The situation escalated to the point that Schwartz drew a firearm and attempted to shoot Brielle. The gun did not discharge.
Brielle ran from Schwartz as he retrieved a second firearm and pursued her. Brielle retreated to a bathroom in their house. Gunshots and screaming were heard by at least two family members present on the property during this time. However, Brielle was not struck, and she was able to exit the house through the bathroom window.
Shortly after this incident, Schwartz turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head.
The principal details of this account later were confirmed by the Shelby Co. (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department.
“The divorce papers had been filed a couple months prior, and they were working through the legalities of that,” said Major Jason Rice of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. “It was a domestic situation, and there was an attempt on Mrs. Schwartz’s life. And then he did turn the gun on himself.”
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