Two Residents Dead in Suspected Murder Suicide at Assisted Living Facility

Police say a 91-year-old man shot and killed his wife at a the assisted living center where they were residents.  The man then killed himself, officials say. At about 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Police officers arrived at the apartment style assisted living facility for a welfare check.

Police say they were checking on the couple in response to a call from a family member saying they had not heard from or talked to their parents for several days. The facility called the residents family when neither of them showed up to meals on Wednesday or Thurdsday. Staff at the facility also went to the apartment to check on them, but left when no one came to the door.

With no answer at the residence officers entered the couple's apartment and discovered a 75-year-old female and a 91-year-old male deceased in the bedroom. Both suffered from gunshot wounds and, according to police, all the evidence indicates the male shot the female with a handgun and then turned the gun on himself.

According to police the apartment showed evidence that there was likely a struggle before the suspected murder-suicide. Officials are not sure what lead up to the shooting, but did say that the couple had started showing some signs of erratic behavior inside the community. One neighbor said that the husband had been acting strange or upset. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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