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Sheriff: Man kills himself in Tenn. church basement

February 2nd, 2014 2:18 pm by Associated Press

Sheriff: Man kills himself in Tenn. church basement

COOKEVILLE — A man killed himself in the basement of a Putnam County church on Sunday shortly after confronting his wife and sister-in-law in an apparent domestic dispute, authorities said.

Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews told The Associated Press that officials received a call around 9 a.m. about a shooting at the Double Springs Community Church, located in a rural area about 5 miles west of Cookeville.

Andrews said the man, 65-year-old Tommy Meadows, went to the church to confront his wife and sister-in-law. Andrews didn't elaborate on what the dispute was about.

There was a struggle and the sister-in-law was shot. Andrews said the man then went to the basement of the church and apparently shot himself.

"Upon arrival in the basement we found a deceased man," Andrews said. "The sheriff's office never fired a shot."

Andrews said no one else was in the church. He said the women had arrived to prepare for the 10 a.m. service at the church, which he said has a small congregation of about 100 members.

Andrews said the wife, 61-year-old Wanda Meadows, was not harmed. The sister-in-law, 61-year-old Etta Medley, was being treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

A spokeswoman at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center said Medley was in critical but stable condition.

Authorities said the case remains under investigation.


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