fatal shooting

An 82-year-old man appears to have shot his wife to death before killing himself early on Feb. 27 at a home in unincorporated Fenton, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.

A deputy was called at about 4:45 a.m. to the 400 block of Caleb Place after a family member discovered both Carol Tinsley, 82, and her husband, Timothy Tinsley, dead.

The family member said he went to the home after receiving a phone call from Timothy Tinsley that made him concerned about the couple’s well-being, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.

Investigators said it appeared Carol and Timothy Tinsley had been shot to death, and a gun was found near Timothy Tinsley, so it looked like he shot his wife and then shot himself, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The case is still being investigated, so an official cause of death had not been declared as of this afternoon (March 1).

However, authorities said they do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5053.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, resources are available to help.

Behavioral Health Response has a crisis line at 1-800-811-4760. Or you may reach out to Comtrea between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-877-COMTREA.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255.

A crisis text line is available by texting HOME to 741741.

Resources also are available at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.