published Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Tennessee man kills himself at church

This photo provided by WKRN-TV shows the scene Sunday where a shooting took place at Double Springs Community Church in Cookeville, Tenn.
This photo provided by WKRN-TV shows the scene Sunday where a shooting took place at Double Springs Community Church in Cookeville, Tenn.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — A man killed himself in the basement of a Putnam County church on Sunday shortly after confronting his wife and sister-in-law in an apparent domestic dispute, authorities said.

Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said officials received a call around 9 a.m. about a shooting at Double Springs Community Church.

Andrews said the man, Tommy Meadows, 65, went to the church to confront his wife and sister-in-law.

There was a struggle, and the sister-in-law was shot. Andrews said the man then went to the basement of the church and apparently shot himself.

The sister-in-law was in critical but stable condition at a Cookeville hospital.

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