Updated: Woman Found Dead in Stockbridge, Husband in Critical with Gunshot Wounds
Ingham County Sheriff's Offices identifies Peggy Ila Curry, 55, as the woman who was found shot to death in a home north of Stockbridge Monday afternoon. Her husband, James Robert Curry, 61, was found with two gunshot wounds below his chin. Video by fox47news.comvideo
Police say a shooting death in Stockbridge is likely a murder-suicide attempt between a husband and wife.
During a Tuesday press conference, the Ingham County Sheriff's Office identified the woman found dead Monday with a gunshot wound as 55-year-old Peggy Ila Curry. Her husband 61-year-old James Robert Curry remains in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says police were called to the home by the Department of Human Services. The agency was concerned when an always reliable employee didn't show up for work.
"Officers entered the house and discovered a chaotic scene, a dead woman laying on a bed along with a male," Wriggelsworth said.
Detectives say the couple's injuries lead them to believe James Curry shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.
"Her wound was to the head, his was under his chin which would be stereotypical for a murder suicide," Wriggelsworth explained.
Police found the gun used in the shooting inside the home. Dozens of other guns were also inside. Detectives believe James Curry was a collector.
Investigators are still working out a timeline, but say the shooting happened sometime over the weekend. Peggy Curry was last seen late Friday.
"Knowing the couple they seem like a wonderful couple, caring couple, loving couple," neighbor Betty Phillips said. "Did not expect anything like this."
The Curry's had been married four years. Detectives say James is a Vietnam veteran, who may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"If that's the case, how long has he had it?" Wriggelsworth said. "Is this an onset thing that just recently occurred? We don't know."
The sheriff's office says James Curry is gravely wounded. The office will only pass its case to the county prosecutor for possible charges if Curry survives.
DHS released a statement about the shooting Tuesday, saying the department family is saddened by Peggy Curry's tragic death.
"Peggy was in important part of the team in child welfare, working with adoption and before that in juvenile justice," Maura Corrigan, Director of DHS said. "Peggy had a passion for her work and helping people. She will be greatly missed."
The State Crime Lab was at the couple's N. Main Street home until 3:00 a.m. Tuesday collecting evidence.
MASON - Investigators say there were "many, many guns" in the home of a man who was found barely alive yesterday, next to his fatally shot wife.
At a press conference at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning, Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth identified the couple found in a home just north of Stockbridge as that of James Robert Curry, 61, and Peggy Ila, 55.
Ila was found shot to death on the bed of the couple's home in the 4300 block of N. Main Street Monday afternoon. Her husband of 4 years, James Curry, was found in the same room with two gunshots below his chin. Curry remains at Sparrow Hospital in critical condition. The Sheriff says he is unsure if Curry will survive.
The sheriff say that the two had been there for some time, and the shootings took place some time over the weekend.
Sheriff Wriggelsworth told reporters that Curry was a Vietnam War veteran, and his investigators are looking into whether Curry may have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.
Wriggelsworth said that Curry owned several guns.
An autopsy on Peggy Ila is being performed Tuesday.
STOCKBRIDGE - A woman is dead and a man wounded by gunfire in Stockbridge Monday afternoon.
The Ingham County Sheriff's Office tells FOX 47 Stockbridge police received a call from the Department of Human Services, concerned about one of its female employees who did not show up for work.
When police arrived at the home on the 4300 block of N. Main Street, just north of Stockbridge High School, they found a 57-year-old woman shot and killed inside, along with a 61-year-old man with critical head injuries.
The man was rushed to Sparrow Hospital.
Police have not identified the pair or their relationship. Neighbors say they are husband and wife.
The state crime lab expects to be on scene late into the night collecting evidence. A blasted out window is visible from the street.
A woman is dead and a man is wounded by gunfire in Stockbridge Monday afternoon. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says Stockbridge police got a call from an employer about an employee who did not show up for work Monday. Officers went to an address on the 4300 block of North Main Street near Stockbridge High School for a welfare check. They found a 61-year-old woman shot and killed, and a 57-year-old man seriously wounded. There is no immediate word on the relationship between the man and woman.
We have a crew at the scene right now. We'll update you on Fox 47 News.com, and tonight during out 10 p.m. broadcast with the latest information.