Man commits suicide and accidently kills wife


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af1acura
November 22, 2005, 06:37 AM
Man commits suicide and accidently kills wife

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6:32 a.m. November 19, 2005

PERRIS An 84-year-old man who committed suicide with a handgun outside his Riverside County home also killed his 71-year-old wife when she was struck by the same gunshot, authorities said.
The man shot himself in the head Thursday morning after arguing with his wife over finances, according to sheriff's Sgt. John Schultz.

The shot passed through the man and hit his wife in the forehead as she stood about 10 feet away outside their home in Sun City, located near Perris about 65 miles east of Los Angeles.

"I've never seen anything like that before in over 20 years," said Schultz, who has worked on homicide cases for 11 years.

He said the couple, whose identities were withheld until relatives were notified, had been fighting over money for several days.

Just before shooting himself the man warned the woman, "I'm not afraid to die today," witnesses told investigators.

Michael Stout, a real estate broker who sold the couple the home, said he never sensed any animosity between them. He was headed to their house to exchange some papers at the time of deaths.

"I was absolutely shocked when I saw her laying out in the street, " he said.



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Hacker15E
November 22, 2005, 06:44 AM
Rule # 4

Be absolutely sure of your target, and what is behind it.

scbair
November 22, 2005, 08:32 AM
I suppose smart comments about the lack of resistance the bullet encountered while passing through the man's head would definitely not be the highroad . . .:o

This is a genuine tragedy, but does serve as a reminder that a bullet, inanimate object that it is, has no conscience.

Bob F.
November 22, 2005, 10:55 AM
Amen.

Brad Johnson
November 22, 2005, 12:41 PM
Be absolutely sure of your target, and what is behind it.

Given the nature of this particular target, I think his concern with what was behind it was irrelevant.

Brad

Sindawe
November 22, 2005, 12:47 PM
Well, now he'll NEVER hear the end of this. I can see offing one self to escape a nagging spouse, but this rather defeats the purpose.

Biker
November 22, 2005, 01:21 PM
Ah, I can see it now. They're both crossing the river Styx and she's still bitching about his new gun purchase. The Ferryman is just shaking his head...
Seriously, a sad story...
Biker

cuervo
November 22, 2005, 02:00 PM
Sounds like your typical suicide-murder.

scubie02
November 22, 2005, 02:25 PM
who says it was an accident, maybe it was incredibly good shooting...

bigun15
November 22, 2005, 02:28 PM
That's why you go up from under the chin.

Sorry.

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