Married couple dead in apparent murder-suicide at MN nursing home

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A nursing home resident and her husband are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at the Crossroads Care Center in Worthington, MN, according to local reports.

Staff at Crossroads called police after hearing gunshots around 10 p.m. Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Authorities found that 86-year-old Crossroads resident Doris Doust and her husband, 87-year-old George Doust, had sustained gunshot wounds to the head. George is believed to have shot his wife before shooting himself, and a handgun was found on the scene, police told reporters. Both were pronounced dead at a hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Crossroads community is "saddened by the loss of life in such a heartbreaking manner," Administrator and co-owner Barb Atchison wrote in a letter to the local newspaper, which was furnished to McKnight's. She noted, "The Worthington Police have told us there was no way we could have foreseen or prevented this tragedy." 

Doris Doust had moved into the nursing home only weeks ago, according to a charge nurse quoted by the Star Tribune. Her husband appeared to be devoted to her and neither had shown any signs of distress, the administrator of the 50-bed facility told a local TV station. A police investigation is ongoing.

Crossroads is a for-profit facility operating under the business name Atchison Enterprises Incorporated, according to the government's Nursing Home Compare website.

In March, a mother and daughter died in an apparent murder-suicide at a San Francisco nursing home. In November, a staff member at a Pennsylvania long-term care facility used a gun to kill a resident and herself.

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