A woman is in the hospital after a failed murder-suicide attempt when her husband shot her and later killed himself Monday, according to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said deputies responded to the 18500 block of Highway 69 North around 1 p.m. Monday to find a man was deceased and the woman, who was still conscious, was taken to UT Health Tyler for treatment.

Police said the man, who was identified as George “Trae” Herndon III, 44, shot his wife with a small caliber handgun, and he then turned the gun onto himself and sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Sgt. Larry Christian, public information officer with the sheriff’s office, said it’s not known what was on Herndon’s mind, but it’s safe to say it was a murder-suicide attempt.

The victim is still hospitalized at this time and is in serious but stable condition. Her name is being withheld until next of kin can be notified, police said.


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