A man took his own life after shooting his caregiver late Wednesday evening inside their home on Center Street.
The shooter, Gerald Medley, 87, died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His victim, Melissa Foster, 52 remains under treatment at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for gunshot wounds to the head and back. She was airlifted to the facility shortly after she was shot.
Police say Foster was able to flee the scene and seek refuge at a nearby residence soon after Medley opened fire. Officers were unsure if the shooter was still in the house when they arrived so they began calling for him over a loudspeaker. He finally answered the phone over an hour later when police called the house.
Extensive phone negotiations ended with Medley saying he was going to “end it all.” Soon after he made the pronouncement, a gunshot rang out from inside the house, leading police to believe he had killed himself.
However, when officers cautiously entered the house, they found Medley sitting in a chair with a gun to his head. Medley pulled the trigger of his small-caliber handgun, ending his life before police could disarm him.
Center Street is located off Locust Street and the home is near Warren County Administrative Offices. The motive behind the shooting remains under investigation.