Dundalk man kills wife, shoots self, police report

May 31, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

An elderly Dundalk man reportedly shot and killed his 88-year-old wife in their Logan Village home last night, then apparently turned the weapon on himself in an attempt to take his own life, Baltimore County police said.

Police said that they were reportedly in ill health but that neither left a note.

The apparent homicide and attempted suicide, police said, occurred around 9:30 p.m. at 6811 Belclare Road at the two-story rowhouse of Fred and Winnetta Maude Sherman.

According to preliminary police reports, Mrs. Sherman broke her hip a second time several weeks ago. A neighbor said the woman recuperated at a nursing home before she was discharged and went home.

The husband, also 88 and a retired Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. employee, recently learned he had lung cancer, police said.

Before their declining health, a neighbor said, the couple was frequently seen outside their home.

Police said that around 9:30 p.m., a next-door neighbor heard what sounded like a gunshot and, together with another neighbor, went to investigate.

After noticing an opened storm door, the neighbors entered the house and saw the couple lying near each other on the living room floor.

The neighbors left the house and called the police. An ambulance from the Eastview Station was dispatched.

Shortly after police from the North Point District and the ambulance crew arrived, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head from a .38-caliber snub nose revolver.

Mr. Sherman was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition today and placed on a life-support system.

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