Springfield authorities say no charges are expected from a hospital shooting last year that left one man dead and his wife wounded.
A police report says 69-year-old Booker Cox died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was hospitalized for renal failure. His 70-year-old wife was also shot but survived. The report says the shooting was a failed double-suicide.
Police documents released by the city Sunday give the first detailed accounting of the Nov. 30 shooting. The report says a note at the scene indicated the couple, together for 50 years, decided to commit suicide and that no one will be charged.
In his report, Detective Kent Shipley writes, "With the limited amount of physical evidence in this investigation, the statements made by Carolyn Cox, and the eye-
witness account of Booker Cox shooting himself, this incident appears to have been an attempted double-suicide, however Carolyn Cox survived her injuries. I have insufficient Probable Cause at this time to pursue criminal charges."
The report filed by hospital security quotes Carolyn Cox after the shooting, saying, "Why am I not dead yet?" and "I should be dead by now."