Woman Shoots And Kills Husband, Self In Wagoner County

Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 4:18 pm
By: News On 6

Lacie Lowry, News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -- A call to the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office Tuesday led authorities to an apparent murder suicide east of Broken Arrow.

The Wagoner County Sheriff's office says a 53-year-old woman called dispatch, told them to send a coroner to her house, then hung up.

Investigators say she then shot her husband three times while he was sitting at his computer, then turned the gun on herself. Deputies also found two dogs that had been shot and killed.

Their names haven't been released, but neighbors told investigators the couple was getting divorced.

Suicide prevention counselor Stacie Barnett says the murder-suicide involved a stressful situation.

"Divorce is a major life change," Barnett said. "Any of those things that really alter the way you thought your life should, or your life course should progress I think is what makes divorce particularly stressful."

Barnett with Family and Children's Services says one out of every three calls to the office's mobile crisis team is suicide related.

"Suicide is very complex. It's never just one factor that influences that person's decision to end their life," she said.

According to the National Institute of Justice, common characteristics of murder-suicide in families are a prior history of domestic violence, access to a gun, threats and prior history of poor mental health.

"They are just really very desperate and they are in such deep, psychological pain, they don't ever really see that there's another way out of their situation," Barnett said.

Compared to Canada, the United States has three times more family murder-suicides; compared to Britain, eight times more; and compared to Australia, 15 times more. 

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