86-year-old man kills wife, barricades himself in home while trying to injure himself, police say

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Sep. 2 2021, Published 12:33 p.m. ET

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An 86-year-old Massachusetts man shot and killed his wife before barricading himself in their home, police said.

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Around 9 p.m. Aug. 29, police responded to a reported shooting in Taunton, Massachusetts, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.

Once at the scene, police said they found 71-year-old Dianne Silveira shot in the driveway. She was taken to Morton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.

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After the shooting, authorities said the suspect, 86-year-old Edmund Silveira, went back into the house and barricaded himself in there.

According to authorities, a SWAT team arrived and set up a perimeter around the house and then deployed a tactical robot into the home.

They determined Edmund was unconscious and appeared to have self-inflicted knife wounds on his wrist and neck, officials said.

He was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital, police said.

Edmund was initially charged with assault and battery by means of a firearm, but that was upgraded to murder when he was arraigned on Sept. 1.

He was ordered to be held without bail and will remain in Rhode Island until his next court date, which was set for Sept. 9, authorities said.

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