Florida Veteran Kills Terminally Ill Wife and Stepdaughter Before Suicide

A distraught Florida veteran shot dead his wife and stepdaughter – both terminally ill – before taking his own life, police said.

Thomas Schultz, 64, told a 911 dispatcher that he had taken care of his ailing family members, but that “we are in an impossible situation from which there is no way out,” the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

When the dispatcher tried to calm down the retired Air Force soldier, Schultz said he had to hang up.

“I’m about to shoot myself,” he said, according to authorities.

Deputies responded to his home and found him dead on a back porch with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his side.

Officers then entered the home and found his wife, in her 80s, shot dead in her bed.

Schultz’s stepdaughter was also found shot dead in a hospital bed in another room while still connected to feeding tubes linked to her illness.

“We have learned from the family that both Schultz’s wife and stepdaughter had terminal illnesses,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Chronister said the 911 dispatcher recently lost a loved one to suicide and is struggling with the death of Schultz.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister confirmed that Schultz's wife and stepdaughter both had terminal illnesses.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister confirmed that Schultz’s wife and stepdaughter both had terminal illnesses.
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“She’s fighting even harder than usual,” he said, noting that Schultz had no criminal record and that they had never been called to the home before.

A neighbor told the Tampa Bay Times that Schultz recently confided in him about his struggles and said his situation was difficult to take.

“He said it was kind of stressful, kind of overwhelming,” Quinn told the outlet. “I said, ‘I’ll be here if you ever need to talk, and if there’s anything I can do, let me know.’ He said he would.”

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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