Man shoots sister-in-law at church, commits suicide

| February 3, 2014

The victim of an early morning shooting inside a Putnam County church is in critical but stable condition after surgery, according to Melahn Finley, spokeswoman for Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Etta Medley, 61, was shot in the abdomen by her brother-in-law, Tommy Meadows, 64, inside Double Springs Community Church near Cookeville, according to Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews. Meadows then shot himself in the church basement, Andrews confirmed this afternoon.

Andrews said he believes that Meadows’ wife, Wanda Meadows, was the intended target. Wanda Meadows is Etta Medley’s sister.

The 61-year-old Wanda Meadows was “injured in a physical altercation [with her husband], bruising and things like that,” Andrews said. “She’s fine. She just has some bruising.”

The shooting took place shortly before 9 a.m. at the church, before anyone had arrived for Sunday morning services. Andrews said he believes no one else was in the church when the shootings occured.

 

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