FLORAL CITY, FL - A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper shot his wife and then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide, deputies say.
The Citrus County Sheriff's Department says the trooper called 911 shortly after 3:00 a.m. Sunday. Deputies responded to his home at 4525 E Seese Lane, a rural road in Floral City.
When they arrived, deputies found FHP Trooper Eddie Silcox, 48 and his wife, Sandra June Silcox, 48 inside. Sandra had been shot and was deceased at the scene.
Trooper Silcox, who had apparently shot himself, was transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital where he died from his wounds.
"It appears Trooper Silcox shot his wife, called 911 for assistance and in between that time it appears he shot himself." said Heather Yates of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the couple had been married 29 years but were currently separated and had been experiencing martial problems. Officials say there have been no previous 911 calls to the home.
The trooper and his wife have two sons, one is in the military overseas, the other is a teenager.
Trooper Silcox joined the FHP in 1988. FHP spokesman Larry Krause had no comment on the shooting.
The investigation is continuing.
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