Man dies, his wife is wounded in Denton County

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A Denton County woman survived being shot by her husband at their home late Saturday, but he died when he fatally shot himself, Denton County sheriff's officials said Sunday.

The couple's 23-year-old daughter, who is mentally challenged, was at home but was not injured, authorities said. She called 911 and gave a dispatcher an address, they said.

The husband, 50, was described as the gunman. His identity was not immediately released pending notification of relatives, according to an official at the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Deputies were sent shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday to the home in the 1300 block of Oakcrest in Providence Village, which is a few miles east of Denton and north of U.S. 380.

Dispatchers received two 911 calls from the address.

The first one lasted a few seconds before someone hung up, authorities said. The dispatcher called back, but no one answered.

A few minutes later, the adult daughter called 911, but she hung up before talking to a dispatcher. The dispatcher called back and the daughter answered, giving him an address, sheriff's spokesman Tom Reedy said in an email Sunday night.

"She then walked away from the phone and left the line open," Reedy said. "A few minutes later the phone went dead as if someone had muted the phone, although the line was still open."

Arriving deputies heard gunshots, a Sheriff's Department news release said.

Inside, they found the man, who had committed suicide with a handgun, Reedy said.

Before he shot himself, the suspect shot his 48-year-old wife in the abdomen, Reedy said. She was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and was in the surgical intensive care unit Sunday night.

The daughter was placed in the custody of other family members Sunday morning.

A motive for the shooting had not been determined, Reedy said Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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