Elderly couple dead after apparent murder-suicide at Worthington nursing center

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 3, 2014 - 9:41 PM

An elderly man apparently shot his wife and then himself in her room at a nursing facility in Worthington, Minn.

Police were summoned to the Crossroads Care Center just before 10 p.m. Friday after staff members reported gunshots. In a private care room, officers found George Doust, 87, sitting on a bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. His wife, Doris Doust, 86, was lying on an adjacent bed with a gunshot wound to her head. A handgun was in the room, according to police.

Doris Doust was a resident of the care center; George was a Worthington resident.

Officers and ambulance workers performed first aid on the couple. Both were taken to Worthington Regional Medical Center and later to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Doris Doust had moved into Crossroads recently.

“She’d only been here a couple weeks,” said Josh Pomranke, a charge nurse there.

An administrator told a Sioux Falls TV station that George Doust seemed devoted to his wife and that he spent a lot of time with her.

Workers had seen no signs that the couple was distressed, Pomranke said. “George, her husband, seemed fine. There was no indication,” he said. “It was quite a shock.”

KIM PALMER

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