HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - A man shot his wife in the back and then killed himself in an alleged murder-suicide attempt at a Katy-area home, deputies said early Wednesday.
Harris County Precinct 5 Deputy Constables were the first on the scene shortly after 8 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Red Rock Canyon. Deputies responded to the home after reports of a double shooting.
According to Sgt. Cedrick Collier with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the wife called 911 and said her husband shot her in the back. Deputies forced their way onto the property through a back fence and then entered the home to find the husband dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
The wife was taken to the hospital by helicopter in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, Collier told KHOU 11 News.
Neighbors said there haven't been any known problems there in the past, and authorities confirmed there were no reports of domestic violence at the home previously.
“Very unusual... very unusual,” Michael O’Connell, a neighbor, said. “I didn’t hear anything…they're always really quiet, really quiet. Wow.”
The couple's identities weren’t released but the husband was said to be in his 60s and the wife is in her 50s. No one else was home at the time.
Investigators are now looking into what events led up to the double shooting. No motive has been released and deputies have not identified the couple.
Investigators said there is no history of domestic violence between husband and wife.
In 2012, there were 10 murder suicides in the Houston area. In 2013 and 2015, there was a 50 percent decrease to five murder suicides each year. But in 2015, there have been three times as many murder suicides which is a 66 percent increase.