Elderly man kills wife, then himself over health care costs

11 Août, 2019, 09:39 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Couple killed in murder-suicide had been overwhelmed with medical bills police say	 	 	 			File image

The husband, 77, called 911 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher that he planned to shoot himself, the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The dispatcher was unable to keep the man on the phone.

Goldfogel said both died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted using a small caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Deputies responded to the home and a crisis negotiator tried to contact the man. He was lying next to his wife, 76, who was also dead from a gunshot wound.

One note also contained information about the couple's next of kin, the sheriff's office said.

The names of the couple have not been released.

Several notes left behind cited Whitney-Jones' "severe ongoing medical problems" and expressed concerns that the couple "did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care", investigators said.

On Whitney-Jones's Facebook page, she states that she is disabled, but her exact medical issues and the care she needed remain unclear.

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A neighbor, Sherrie Schulteis, told the Lynden Tribune that despite many friendly conversations with Brian Jones, she was surprised to learn of their struggles.

'It's a little tiny community where we all know each other, but we don't really know each other'. Detectives are investigating it as a likely murder-suicide.

Law enforcement were dispatched to the residence in the 6500 block of Timmerman Lane after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a man who said law enforcement would find his and his wife's bodies inside.

Two unharmed dogs were also found in the house and were turned over to the Humane Society, cops said.

Sheriff Bill Elfo lamented the tragedy, writing, "It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option".

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office did not immediately reply to DailyMail.com's request for comment.

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