A woman is accused of killing her husband in their Sterling home over the weekend. She is being held without bond after her husband was found dead in their home on Blossom Drive.
"Steve was a great brother," says Allen Spradling, Steven Spradling's brother.
He's still in shock that his brother is gone.
"It's just a tough time for us right but, but we'll get through this," he says.
According to police, 52-year-old Spradling was shot and killed Friday night by his wife, 42-year-old Rosangela Spradling, inside their home. When Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Spradling dead at the scene. His two children, ages 10 and 7, were in the home at the time, but it is unknown if they witnessed the shooting.
"I'm saddened," says a neighbor. "I'm really heartsick, especially for the children."
The motive is unknown, but according to the criminal complaint, Spradling deliberately and with premeditation murdered her husband after an argument. Deputies have visited the home in the past for domestic disputes, but have never made any arrests.
Cpl. Steven Spradling was a 25-year veteran of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. The agency is calling his death deeply saddening.
"We're proud of what he was able to do for law enforcement, to serve the community around here," says his brother. "We're going to miss him."
The two young children are staying with friends in the neighborhood. Allen Spradling says they are doing OK. The family is still trying to figure what's best for them moving forward.
Rosangela will be back in court June 26.