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Husband shoots himself after telling police he killed wife with health issues

Published June 19, 2017 9:40 pm
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A retired Texas couple living in Adamsville, Beaver County, are victims of a murder-suicide Saturday evening, according to the Beaver County sheriff.

A 76-year-old man identified as Tom Nickells called the sheriff's dispatch about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and said he had killed his wife, Sandra Nickells, 73.

He said he shot her because she was suffering from Alzheimer's and other health issues, according to a Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel.

The couple had lived in Beaver County for about 25 years, the sheriff said. Tom Nickells was a retired journalist from Odessa, Texas.

Nickells reportedly told the dispatcher he would be dead by the time officers arrived.

According to Noel, officers found Nickells outside the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and his wife shot.




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