Tennessee man fights wife at church, then shoots sister-in-law and kills himself

By David Edwards
Monday, February 3, 2014 9:59 EDT
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A Tennessee woman is in critical condition after her sister’s husband shot her and killed himself at a Cookeville church on Sunday.

Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews told WSMV that 65-year-old Tommy Meadows got in an altercation with his wife, 61-year-old Wanda Meadows, and her sister, 61-year-old Etta Medley, while they were at Double Springs Community Church preparing for services just after 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Andrews explained to The Tennessean that investigators believe that Tommy Meadows had been targeting his wife, who escaped with “bruising and things like that.”

Officers responding to the scene found Etta Medley shot in the abdomen and Tommy Meadows dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. But the sheriff’s department was treating Tommy Meadows’ death as a possible homicide for purposes of the investigation.

“We’re doing sketches, photographs,” Andrews noted. “We’ve been doing interviews. We’re treating it just like a homicide, like we didn’t know anything.”

Medley was transported to Cookeville Regional Hospital where she was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery.

Double Springs Community Church 11 a.m. services were cancelled following the shooting.

Watch this video from WSMV, broadcast Feb. 2, 2014.

WSMV Channel 4

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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