A Sterling woman accused of shooting and killing her husband last week has been charged with first degree murder and is in jail without bond.
Police say 42-year-old Rosangela Spradling shot her husband, Cpl. Steven Spradling, in the 21700 block of Blossom Drive around 9 p.m. Friday. Officers found Steven Spradling dead inside the home after responding to the shooting report. The shooting was initially characterized as domestic in nature.
Law enforcement officials confirmed to News4 there was a history of domestic dispute calls to Spradling's home, but say there were no arrests for physical violence.
Spradling, 52, was a 25-year veteran of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) police force.
"He was in law enforcement for as long as I can remember," Spradling's brother Alan Spradling told News4 Monday. "He had done well for himself. So we're proud of what he was able to do for law enforcement."
Investigators say the couple's two children, aged 10 and 7 years old, were in the house at the time of the shooting and are now staying with family friends. Neither child was harmed in the shooting.
"They're as good as can be at this point," Alan Spradling said. "We're still trying to figure out the best future for them."
In a statement, MWAA spokesman Rob Yingling said, "Our condolences are with [Cpl. Spradling's] loved ones during this difficult time."
Rosangela Spradling's next court date is set for June 26.