Elderly man charged in murder, attempted suicide

George Hunter
The Detroit News
Macomb County Sheriff

A Macomb Township man has been charged with murder after police say he killed a woman believed to be his wife before an unsuccessful attempt at suicide.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a press release Friday the unnamed suspect, described as an "elderly male," fatally shot 69-year-old Janet Nagy before turning the gun on himself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Nagy was believed to be the gunman's wife, Wickersham said.

"This case has been presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant has been issued," Wickersham said. Charges against the man, who is hospitalized in stable condition, include first-degree murder and felony firearm.

The incident happened about 8:50 p.m. when police got a call from a Florida man who "stated that he had contacted his father and that his father was slurring his words," Wickersham said. "The male requested that deputies respond to the residence to check on his father.

"A 911 call was also received from the residence where a male caller was slurring his words," the sheriff said. "Deputies were dispatched to the residence on Mackenzie Dr. in Macomb Township to check the welfare of the caller. Deputies were unable to make contact with anyone and had to force entry into the home."

Once inside, deputies discovered Nagy in the master bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds to her head, leg and hand. 

"A white elderly male was located in the master bedroom bathroom of the home and had what is believed to be a gunshot wound to his head," Wickersham said. "The male was transported to the hospital for his injury and is being treated at this time. A handgun was located in the bedroom."

Wickersham said the case remains under investigation.

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