ATWOOD – A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a woman who tried to stop him was accidentally shot in the hand Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Terry Rexroad, 45, died after shooting himself at his residence in northern Douglas County near the Champaign County line, according to Peter Buckley, the sheriff’s office’s chief deputy. The incident took place about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 95E County Road 1550N, a location between Atwood and the Champaign County town of Ivesdale.
Police believe Rexroad’s wife, Theresa Rexroad, 41, found her husband despondent and tried to call 911, Buckley said. Then, Terry Rexroad tried to take her phone from her while holding a handgun, which fired accidentally and hit the woman in the hand, he said. Theresa Rexroad then left the home and called authorities, who found Terry Rexroad dead when they arrived, Buckley said.
Theresa Rexroad was treated for her injury at Kirby Hospital in Monticello and later released, according to the sheriff’s office.
IVESDALE — Police say a man accidentally shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself. It happened at 95 East 1550 North in Douglas County.
Investigators say 45-year old Terry Rexroad was threatening to kill himself and his wife, Theresa, pulled out her phone to call 911. As she was doing that, he struggled to take it from her with a gun in his hand. It went off and a bullet hit her finger.
Police say Theresa ran out and drove about a mile away from the home and called police. She stressed to the dispatcher that her son was on a school bus and would be home any minute. The bus was stopped nearby and turned around.