A Hopkins County couple was found dead in their State Highway 19 north residence Friday evening, according to Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum.
A woman was reportedly found in their home by a family member; she was cold to the touch. Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched, according to sheriff’s reports. At 6:33 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a second call from the residence requesting medical assistance. Hopkins County and North Hopkins firefighters were dispatched as first responders to the SH 19 residence, located north of FM 71, according to sheriff’s reports.
Hopkins County sheriff’s officers reported both the husband and wife at the residence were deceased. Both had apparent gunshot wounds, Tatum said Saturday morning.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace B.J. Teer pronounced both the 52-year-old man and 48-year-old woman dead at the residence Friday night. Both bodies were sent to a medical examiner’s office for autopsy, the sheriff reported.
Sheriff’s investigators are investigating the deaths as murder due to the apparent injuries. However, Tatum said no official ruling will be made regarding what happened until the autopsy results are in.
Tatum said the names of the deceased were not being released Saturday morning in order to allow their family members to be notified.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.