By MARY RAINWATER
PALESTINE — Law enforcement officials in Anderson County are continuing to investigate what appears to be a murder/attempted suicide that occurred in Elkhart this morning, leaving a 42-year-old woman dead and a 44-year-old male subject hospitalized.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, ACSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of East Parker Street in Elkhart at about 9 a.m. today.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers forced entry into a residence and discovered the deceased female and a male, found lying face down, but still breathing.
“The man had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the face,” Taylor said. “He was transported by care-flight helicopter to a Tyler hospital and is in the ICU. We don't know his exact condition, but he is stable.”
The crime scene's proximity to the Elkhart Elementary School campus — just across the street — led to a brief lockdown of all EISD campuses for a brief period of time.
“We weren't sure where the man was when we arrived, so we asked the school to lock down as a precaution,” the sheriff said. “It was right on the corner there. I'm sure several people saw our officers there with guns drawn. We also closed traffic briefly.”
A person in the superintendent's office at Elkhart ISD said that campuses were open as of mid-morning.
“The lockdown didn't have anything to do with the schools,” the person said. “It was a situation with the sheriff's office down the road.”
The sheriff offered little information about the identities of those involved because the family of the deceased woman had not been notified.
The injured suspect is in custody of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.