Cops: Husband Kills Wife, Self in Hospital Parking Lot

A central Kentucky man recently separated from his wife shot and killed her in a hospital parking lot Tuesday before shooting himself in the head, police said.

The man, Frederick W. Niman, 40, of Cynthiana, died later at a Lexington hospital.

Police are calling the shootings outside Harrison Memorial Hospital a murder-suicide stemming from an argument, said Cynthiana police Sgt. Wilbur Gross. Frederick Niman was an employee at the hospital, police said.

Harrison County Coroner Tom Ware said Kim M. Niman, 38, of Cynthiana, said Harrison County Coroner Tom Ware. Ware said Niman's body was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy to be performed Wednesday.

Gross said the couple had recently separated. He said police were interviewing some witnesses who saw the shootings around 11 a.m. EDT in the parking area next to the hospital.

"All of this took place in a matter of four or five minutes. It was very quick," Gross said.

Gross said Niman shot his wife twice with a Glock handgun and then fired a single bullet into his head. Police recovered three shell casings at the scene.

Frederick Niman was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where he was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m. EDT in the emergency department, said Fayette County Deputy Coroner John McCarty. McCarty said the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.