Husband dead, wife critical after attempted murder-suicide in Vilano Beach

Action News Jax at 10:00 PM

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said a man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after an attempted murder-suicide in Vilano Beach.

Action News Jax saw evidence technicians processing the home on Jerez Court on Thursday night.

The SCSO said they responded to a call of shots fired just after 5 p.m.

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“We found one individual who was deceased,” said Chuck Mulligan of the SCSO.  “It’s a male subject. We also found a female subject who had also sustained a traumatic gunshot wound injury.”

Deputies won’t say where she was shot or how many times, but say they she’s in critical condition.

“This appears to be a husband and wife,” Mulligan said.  “This is a domestic-type situation. There was an argument, from what we’ve derived so far which indicates to us that the male subject pulled a firearm, shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.”

Deputies say at least one person was around the home at the time and may have witnessed this.

They’re in the process of notifying the victims' families before they release the names of those involved.