An elderly York County man shot and killed his terminally-ill wife before fatally shooting himself, according to state police.
Trooper Robert Hicks identified the couple as 85-year-old Sherman Brown and 84-year-old Jeanette Brown.
Hicks said troopers from the state police York barracks on Tuesday night were called to the couple's home at 210 Bermudian Church Road in Washington Township for a reported homicide and suicide. He said the call was reported by the son of the couple, who was at the residence to check on them.
Police said the investigation determined that Jeanette Brown's health was significantly deteriorating. As she slept in her bed, her husband of 65 years fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle, killing her.
Sherman Brown then sat down next to the bed in a chair and shot himself, Hicks said.
Police added that there were no signs of entry to the home and no signs that any struggle had occurred.
The Browns were long standing members of St. Paul's Red Run United Church of Christ.
"It is a huge loss for this community," said Rev. Sheresa Simpson-Rice. "They are a couple that loved each other immensely. They were committed, committed beyond belief."
The church on Davidsburg Road is holding a prayer vigil Thursday at 7 p.m. in honor of the Brown family.
"We do not need to talk about anything other than memories and love and hope," Simpson-Rice said. "We thought that was a fitting way to bring a community together and talk about them."
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