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Police: Husband shoots self after killing wife

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

A woman is dead and her husband is recovering from a shooting in Knott County.

State police were called to the Topmost community early this morning.

Investigators say right now it appears this was a murder and an attempted suicide.

State police were called to two homes along Highway 7 just before 2:00 A.M. Saturday.

They first found 26-year-old Mack Tackett suffering from a gunshot wound to the face in a family member's home. They later found his wife, Heather, dead inside the couple's home next door.

Neighbors in Topmost say they are too shocked to speak on camera about what happened here. State police say 29-year-old Heather Tackett was shot at close range with a shotgun.

"Based on the investigation so far, it does appear he shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself," said Trooper Jennifer Sandlin.

Despite his wounds, Mack Tackett was able to make it to his mother's home next door.

"After he received the gunshot wound, he did walk to a nearby residence, and the person at that residence called 911 and reported the shooting," added Trooper Sandlin.

State police say no one else was in the Tackett's home at the time of the shootings.

Neighbors say the couple had been married for about two years, and had no idea there were problems between the two.

State police have not yet filed charges against Mack Tackett. He's in critical condition at a Tennessee hospital.

State police say the Mack and Heather Tackett did not have any children together. The shootings are under investigation.


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