Man kills self; wife also shot

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said Edward McCoy, 72, of 59 County Road 1040 was found dead in his home of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife, 65-year-old Barbara McCoy, suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth where she was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday.

Edward McCoy is a former Prentiss County Superintendent of Education, the brother of Mississippi Speaker of the House Billy McCoy and the father of current Prentiss County Board of Education member Jason McCoy. Barbara McCoy is the owner of Magnolia Frame Shop in Booneville.

Tolar said a 911 call came at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday reporting a woman had been shot in Thrasher. Deputies arrived within minutes and found Barbara McCoy wounded.

“She had managed to leave the shooting location and go to her son’s residence, which was nearby. Investigators determined she had been shot by her husband, Edward McCoy,” said Tolar.

Deputies and investigators went to the McCoy’s home and attempted to make contact with Edward McCoy by telephone, but were unsuccessful.

“Deputies then made entry into the house and discovered (Edward) McCoy in the bedroom floor with what appeared to be a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot,” said the sheriff.

Daily Corinthian
4/29/11

hattip – Jackson Jambalaya