Cookeville (TN)

Man Argues with Wife, Shoots SIL Then Himself—in Church

Etta Medley, 61, was shot in the abdomen by her brother-in-law, Tommy Meadows, 64, inside Double Springs Community Church near Cookeville, according to Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews. Meadows then shot himself in the church basement, Andrews confirmed this afternoon.

Andrews said he believes that Meadows’ wife, Wanda Meadows, was the intended target. Wanda Meadows is Etta Medley’s sister.

The 61-year-old Wanda Meadows was “injured in a physical altercation [with her husband], bruising and things like that,” Andrews said. “She’s fine. She just has some bruising.”

The shooting took place shortly before 9 a.m. at the church, before anyone had arrived for Sunday morning services.

Update: Man shoots sister-in-law at church, commits suicide. The Tennesseean, 2/2/2014.

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