Man dies after killing wife, shooting himself at Crestwood Care Center

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SHELBY, Ohio -- A man who was hospitalized after reportedly killing his wife and then turning the gun on himself at Crestwood Care Center has died.

The incident happened Saturday.

According to a release from Shelby police, the husband has been identified as George Johnston, 77, and his wife was Carol Johnston, 76.

Carol had been a resident at the center for the past six to eight weeks. George, her husband of 56 years, had confided in employees there that his insurance was running out on his wife's stay, and due to her medical needs, he didn't feel he could care for her after she was released.

Police say it appears that George shot his wife once in the head, then sat down and shot himself. When they were found, Carol was dead. George was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.

Police say George allegedly left detailed notes behind describing his plans.

The shootings happened between nurse's rounds in a room with a closed door. No one heard any shots, say police, and there were no signs of a struggle.

"We believe that this was a course of action agreed upon by both parties based on information that we have collected during the initial investigation," the release states.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Police also say in the release:

"We want to both extend our sincerest condolences to the family of George and Carol Johnston and to remind everyone that the holiday season can be a difficult time for many of our citizens.  Please remember to check on relatives and friends, particularly the elderly and infirmed."

Continuing coverage here. 

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