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Wife says deputy ‘lost his mind’ before she was killed

September 25, 2018

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — The wife of a Florida sheriff’s deputy who authorities say was fatality shot by her husband sent text messages to a friend describing her husband as having “lost his mind” before she was killed.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Samantha Keithley had also thrown her wedding ring outside her house during an argument before she was killed with her husband, Kirk Keithley, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities say the deputy fatally shot his wife and then killed himself early Monday, leaving four children in their home, located in Pasco County, Florida near Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says a 14-year-old ran from the home and called 911 after hearing an argument and a gunshot. He said the children weren’t physically hurt.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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