Smith County Sheriff's investigators are continuing to probe a Friday night murder-suicide that unfolded after a woman was shot by her husband while attempting to retrieve some belongings from their home.
She was alive, but critically injured by a gunshot wound to the chest; Malone was already dead.
“They were going through a divorce,” Sgt. Ron Rathbun said. “He stayed in the house.”
Rathbun said the woman was advised by authorities to stay away if she suspected trouble.
She was also advised to call if she arrived and found her estranged husband at the location, investigators said.
“We sent a deputy to that area,” Rathbun said. “A few minutes later, no one answered” when authorities attempted to reach the woman by phone.
Emergency medical personnel transported the injured woman to a Tyler hospital where she died around 8 p.m.
“It's a murder-suicide,” Rathbun said.
Officials are not releasing the specific type of gun, citing a pending criminal investigation.
Lt. Larry Wiginton said late Friday it appears Malone shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
“It was a family disturbance that went bad,” he said.