An elderly couple and their daughter were found dead in their Florida home after the husband made a disturbing 911 call. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said they were called to a home on Graham Yarden Drive near Ashton Field Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Sheriff Chad Chronister said the incident began after a 64-year-old man called 911 to report he was in an “impossible situation” and was prepared to self-harm. When they arrived they found Thomas Shultz, the suspected 911 caller dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officers secured the home, then entered and found the man’s 80-year-old wife and stepdaughter, only described as being in her 50s, both dead.
Chronister said the stepdaughter was laying in a hospital bed with a feeding tube attached to her.
Deputies said the man’s wife and stepdaughter were both suffering from terminal illnesses but did not disclose the nature of either. Authorities are also not disclosing how Shultz's wife and her daughter died.
“It just goes to show you never know what people are going through,” said Troy Quinn, a man who lives right next door.
When asked if there were any previous incidents reported at the home, Sheriff Chronister said there were no red flags.
“He was a great guy. He was a model neighbor,” Quinn said. “He would come out and talk to all the neighbors in the neighborhood and help you out if he could.”
The police report that they have never been called to the couple's home.
This appears to be some sort of sad "mercy killing". Prayers go out to their family and to anyone else who may feel as if they are facing an impossible decision. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the American Psychological Association. They have tons of resources to help any situation.