A tragic murder-suicide in Denton is indicative of a growing problem among the elderly.
Denton Police say Joe Bain, 79, killed his ailing wife before turning the gun on himself last Saturday afternoon.
According to a police affidavit, Bain called 9-1-1 and confessed, saying, "he had just taken the life of his beloved wife Ruth."
He told the operator "there was no way they were going to a nursing home.”
"I am sorry to all of our friends," he added, according to the document.
When police arrived at their home on Royal Oaks Place, they found Ruth Bain, 82, dead on the couch from an apparent gunshot wound to her head. Her husband was lying on the floor, also with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital but died of his injury the next day.
"It appeared that she had been asleep when she was shot," said Officer Shane Kizer with Denton Police. "It doesn't sound like there was any struggle. it doesn't sound like there was any animosity from him towards her."
The Bains had been married nearly 30 years, and what happened inside the house has shocked their neighbors and extended family. They were by all accounts a happy and devoted couple.
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