Man shoots wife, kills self in attempted murder-suicide in Pickens Co.

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PICKENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) – The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said a man, who intentionally shot his wife Thursday night, shot and killed himself in an attempted murder-suicide.

We reported earlier that a shooting was reported around 9:35 p.m. Thursday at a home on McJunkin Road.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said in an earlier release that deputies found the 81-year-old man dead, and his 73-year-old wife shot in the upper torso. 

“Interviews conducted with the victim by sheriff’s detectives have provided information that is in corroboration with the evidence collected at the scene indicating that the wife was intentionally shot by the husband before turning the weapon on himself,” according to the news release.

The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and remains hospitalized after undergoing an overnight surgery to repair injuries where she was shot in the torso.

Sheriff’s Office officials said she is expected to survive, but will have an extensive recovery period.

An autopsy on the man confirmed that he had a single gunshot wound to the head from a small caliber weapon, and said evidence collected at the scene is consistent with the gunshot wound being self-inflicted.

According to the release, a .22 caliber revolver was recovered from the home and is believed to be the weapon used to shoot both the man and his wife.

The woman told deputies her husband became verbally agitated over a discussion involving her decision to stay with relatives for a few days. He then told her he was going to take her life and then commit suicide.

“No information or evidence has been collected to indicate any criminal activity on the part of the wife throughout the investigation,” according to the release. “No record of any previous history of a law enforcement response to the residence involving domestic altercations is on file with this agency.”

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