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Florida veteran kills terminally ill wife and stepdaughter before suicide

A despairing Florida veteran shot and killed his wife and stepdaughter — each of whom had been terminally ill — before taking his personal life Wednesday, in keeping with police.

Thomas Schultz, 64, informed a 911 dispatcher that he had been caring for his stricken relations however that “we are in impossible situation, with no way out,” the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

As the dispatcher tried to assuage the retired Air Force serviceman, Schultz stated he needed to get off the telephone.

“I’m fixin’ to shoot myself,” he stated, in keeping with authorities.

Deputies responded to his residence and discovered him useless on a rear porch from a self-inflicted gunshot wound with a revolver at his facet.

The officers then entered the residence and discovered his wife, in her 80s, shot useless in her mattress.

Schultz’s stepdaughter was additionally discovered shot useless in a hospital-style mattress in one other room whereas nonetheless related to feeding tubes associated to her sickness.

“We have learned from the family that both Schultz’s wife and stepdaughter were suffering from terminal illnesses,” stated Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Chronister stated the 911 dispatcher had lately lost a liked one to suicide and was battling Schultz’s dying.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister confirmed that Schultz's wife and stepdaughter both had terminal illnesses.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister confirmed that Schultz’s wife and stepdaughter each had terminal diseases.
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“She’s struggling even more than normal,” he stated, noting that Schultz had no felony historical past and that that they had by no means been known as to the house beforehand.

A neighbor told the Tampa Bay Times that Schultz confided his struggles to him lately and stated his scenario was changing into tough to bear.

”He was saying it’s form of worrying, form of getting overwhelming,” Quinn informed the outlet. “I said, ‘I’m here for you if you ever need to talk, and if there’s anything I can do, let me know.’ He said he would.”

If you’re battling suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York City, you possibly can name 1-888-NYC-WELL free of charge and confidential disaster counseling. If you reside outdoors the 5 boroughs, you possibly can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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