Several notes were left behind citing severe ongoing medical problems and also expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care.
A senior husband and his wife died in an apparent murder-suicide earlier this week in Washington state, reports NBC News. An ongoing medical condition and really high medical bills, one that they seemingly couldn't afford, seemed to be the reason behind their death.
The 77-year-old husband called 911 on Wednesday to tell them he planned to commit suicide, according to the local sheriff’s department post on social media.
"It’s all utterly and completely heartbreaking that two seniors were so completely encumbered by medical debt and stress, they felt there was no alternative way out."— nicole thomson (@nicolethomson) August 10, 2019
Senior Couple Found Dead In Murder-Suicide Left Note About High Medical Bills https://t.co/ETa82EeHDb
Whatcom County Sherrif’s Office said that the 77-year-old man told the cops that he had prepared a note for them to find when they discovered the incident.
Even though the dispatchers tried hard to keep the man on line and prevent him from claiming his own life, they were unsuccessful. The Facebook post read: At 0823 hours this morning deputies responded to the 6500 block of Timmeran Lane near Ferndale after a 77-year-old man telephoned 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher: “I am going to shoot myself”.
If only Medicare for All was an option....— Jennifer (@ddayjen) August 10, 2019
“It’s very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option,” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said. "https://t.co/Kkwh0mwQv7
He indicated he had prepared a note for the Sheriff with information and instructions. The dispatcher attempted to keep the caller on the line without success. The man disconnected the call after saying “We will be in the front bedroom.” Deputies arrived at approx. 0838 hours and set up a perimeter around the house. A crisis negotiator attempted to contact occupants of the home via phone and loud hailer for about 1 hour.
This is absolutely heartbreaking and absolutely sick. In a country like America we should not have anyone, let alone senior citizens, taking their own lives because they cannot afford medical care. We need health 3.0 NOW! @ZDoggMDhttps://t.co/p0lxBlhuyH— Joe Lupi (@Joelupi) August 9, 2019
After an hour, Deputies deployed a robot mounted camera. The man was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. He was lying next to his wife, age 76, who was also deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Sheriff’s Office detectives and crime scene investigators are investigating the case as a likely murder/suicide. Several notes were left citing severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care.
While Dems give free healthcare to illegals, our senior citizens, vets and middle class cannot afford healthcare. Disgusting.#Trump2020— ❌arkstateofmind🇺🇸 (@arkstateofmind) August 9, 2019
Elderly couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide, note says they could not afford medical carehttps://t.co/fA3Hq1R5J6
The poor man and his wife also left details of next of kin information. Detectives are now working with officials to notify the next of kin. Because of pending investigations, the identity of the deceased couple is not being released.
Two dogs found within the residence were taken into the custody and turned over to the Humane Society for care. Numerous firearms were impounded for safekeeping.
A senior married couple was found dead in their Otay Mesa home, in what appears to be murder-suicide https://t.co/m9nhWewkdc— San Diego Now (@SanDiegoCP) November 13, 2017
Sheriff Elfo said: “It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only options. Help is always available with a call to 9-1-1.”
Jennifer Blankinship commented on the post saying: My heart goes out to the 911 dispatcher who did all he/she could to keep him on the phone and to the first responders. I hope you are all able to move beyond the memory of this incident and live peacefully with joy and love in your hearts. Your dedication doesn't go unnoticed.