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A Washington state man said to be killed after the deaths of his wife, and left a note for the authorities to say that he was driven to do this because they will not be able to afford to pay for medical treatment for her serious health problems.
The man, identified by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel, in a statement to Fox News, Brian S. Jones, 77, and his wife, Patricia Whitney-Jones, was 76.
Brian Jones called the police on Wednesday morning to say that he was going to kill himself, and was told by the coordinator that the authorities would find a note in the house with an explanation of how to do so. The dispatcher tried to get him on the phone, according to the Bellingham Herald.
Patricia Whitney-Jones, Brian Jones,
“It is a tragedy that one of our senior citizens would find themselves in such difficult circumstances that he felt the murder, and suicide is the only option,” Sheriff Bill Elfo said in a statement.
HE SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CALLING FOR INFORMATION IN ADVANCE OF THE HOSPITAL COSTS
Upon entering the home, police found the couple lying next to each other, the newspaper said. Jones allegedly shot his wife twice and three times — including once in the head, with a semi-automatic pistol, according to the medical examiner explained to Fox News. According to the statement the two had “major health conditions.”
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A neighbor, Sherrie Schulteis and told the Lynden Tribune, which, despite its many lively discussions with Brian Jones, they were surprised to learn of their struggles. She said: “their deaths shocked the neighborhood.
“[Brian, I’ve always been to them, and to talk about our feet, or our flowers,” Schulteis said. “It’s a small community where we all know each other, but we don’t really know each other.”