The preliminary investigation indicated that Jeffery Ware shot his wife, Jeannine, 47, during an argument at their Booger Hollow Road home, and then turned the gun on himself, said Capt. Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department.
Police are still investigating what led to the shooting.
The woman was holding her 16-year-old son’s leg when she was shot in the back and at least twice more, Wallace said.
The couple’s 14-year-old son was also in the home, but it was not clear late Wednesday where he was at the time of the shootings, Wallace said. It was the 14-year-old who called 911, he said.
The teens were not injured.
Jeffery Ware was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Barry Henderson. Jeannine Ware was pronounced dead on arrival at Floyd Medical Center at 5:46 p.m., Henderson said.
Wallace said family members told police they had never seen Jeffery Ware get physical with his wife and there were no reports of any police calls to the residence.
Melissa Pope, Jeannine Ware’s former sister-in-law, said there was some stress in the home.
“He (Jeffery Ware) went to the hospital last week thinking he was having a heart attack,” she said.
Pope said Jeannine Ware, who also had two adult daughters, cherished her children and her four dogs. Jeannine Ware was also a grandmother of four, she said.
“She loved her family and she loved animals,” Pope said. “She was dedicated to her grandchildren.”