Saddest story of the morning: An elderly Keys man has shot and killed his wife and his cat before committing suicide.
Just after noon yesterday, Monroe County sheriffs got a call from Little Torch Key that gunshots had been fired inside an upscale, two-story house. Another neighbor called in to say they'd seen a woman in a wheelchair who appeared to be wounded. When deputies later stormed the house, they found an 80-year-old man and his 77-year-old disabled wife dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
The couple has been identified this morning as Glen Tucker and his wife, Joan.
Along Tortuga Road, a waterfront boulevard on the island 24 miles north of Key West, neighbors reported hearing numerous gunshots inside the house.
Deputies called in a SWAT team and a bomb squad with a robot because they feared Tucker was still armed and holed up inside the home, the sheriff's office says.
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An hour after the call came in, the cops sent in the robot, followed by the SWAT team. They found Glen Tucker dead in an upstairs bedroom (where he'd also shot and killed the family cat.)
Joan Tucker was dead in her wheelchair downstairs.
Glen Tucker had a clean criminal record in Monroe County outside of a few traffic tickets.