Woman Dead, Man Still Hospitalized After Situation in South Huntsville Neighborhood

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Police say a woman is dead and a man was rushed to Huntsville Hospital following a situation at a home in English Village.

Police rushed to 2400 block of Thornmor Drive SW just after 9 a.m. Monday to conduct a welfare check, specifically, a threat of a murder/suicide.

"We initially tried to get some information on who we were checking the welfare on and were unsuccessful at that point,” said Huntsville Police Captain JesHenry Malone.

Capt. Malone would not say who called for help from officers.  He did say officers got in touch with family members to figure out everything.

Police blocked off many streets in the English Village community. Each officer stood guard for a couple of hours until SWAT team members got into place.

“We just want to make sure, until we found out exactly what we were dealing with, there was no immediate threat to the immediate public in the area,” added Capt. Malone.

SWAT team members forced their way into the home a little before noon. Officers found a man and woman inside the home.

Capt. Malone says the woman, 34-year-old Colleen Penton, was dead and the man was unconscious. As of Tuesday morning, the man is still in Huntsville Hospital. His name hasn't been released yet, and he is not currently charged with a crime, but police are investigating further.

Neighbor Samantha Brown said she got chills.

“I just saw cops cars, SWAT teams and everything. It scared me,” said Brown.

SWAT team members rushed into the home. The SWAT team members found Penton’s body and a man unconscious.

“It kind of confuses me a little bit because they seemed happy,” added Brown.

Harold Bennett works with the neighborhood's community watch. He does it for a number of reasons.

“To protect neighbors and let people know someone is looking, so they can't just walk in, grab something and run with it. They got eye balls going around here,” added Bennett.

Bennett has kept his eyes open for his neighbors 26 years. He didn't know what to believe when he saw the yellow tape.

“I did not know what was going on until a lady told me up there. It just really bothers you people would do something like that you know,” added Bennett.

Huntsville Police haven't released any details about the circumstances of the case yet.  WHNT News 19 is working to get new information.

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