MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded on Monday to an apparent attempt at murder-suicide by an elderly man in southwest Medford.
The agency said that deputies responded on Monday to a house in the 2800-block of Judy Way for two gunshot victims. The deputies arrived to find a woman dead from a shotgun wound. She was later identified as 87-year-old Joanne Marcella Wheeler.
The woman's husband, 88-year-old James Edward Wheeler, was found in a separate part of the house with a serious gunshot wound from the same shotgun. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
"Investigators believe the male shot his wife and then shot himself," JCSO said. "The female had been in very poor health for some time."
James Wheeler was arraigned on Monday for Murder in the Second Degree in Jackson County Circuit Court, though he remains hospitalized.