A Mason County man who shot and killed his estranged wife and then turned the gun on himself over the weekend has died from his injuries.
Richard Franklin, 49, of North Main Street, was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. Monday at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Point Pleasant Capt. Joe Veith said in a telephone interview.
Officers were called to the Franklin home on North Main Street just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Dispatchers alerted officers that neighbors had just reported hearing shots fired.
When officers arrived, neighbors told them several shots had been fired in the house but no one had come out.
State troopers and officers from the Mason County Sheriff's Office helped Point Pleasant police enter the home.
Inside, officers found Kelli Franklin, 43, dead on the floor of a bedroom. Richard had a self-inflicted gunshot wound but was still alive, Veith said.
He was taken to Pleasant Valley Hospital and later flown to Cabell Huntington.
The captain did not know how many shots were fired or how many times Kelli or Richard were struck.
"It's tragic," Veith said. "There's a lot of lives involved here. They both had children. It's pretty tragic all around."