Two people found dead Sunday in their Vigo County home just hours after their wedding appear to have died in a domestic dispute in which the husband fatally shot his new wife and then killed himself, authorities said on Monday.
The couple has been identified as Dr. George “Scott” Samson and Kelly Ecker Samson, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos said on Monday.
The wedding had taken place Saturday evening, said Clark Cottom, deputy with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department. Kelly Ecker Samson placed three 911 calls, the first at 1:25 a.m. Sunday. The second came less than a minute later at 1:26 a.m., and the third and final call came at 1:27:57.
In the third call, what sound like gunshots are audible in the background, police said. In the second call, Ecker Samson identifies her husband as the threat she fears and states that there are guns in the home in the 4000 block of North Creal Street in eastern Vigo County.
In each short call, dispatchers ask Ecker Samson to repeat the address of the home. In the first call, Ecker Samson states: “He said he’s going to kill me” before the calls ends.
George Samson, 54, worked as an anesthesiologist at Union Hospital, Amos said.
“They had just gotten married, and something went terribly wrong,” Amos said. “He shot her, and then shot himself,” Amos said.
Deputies arrived and entered the home finding Kelly Ecker Samson, 50, dead. They later discovered George Samson dead in the basement of the home. Police said they arrived at the home 12 minutes after the first call.
Cottom said Kelly Ecker Samson was shot multiple times in the torso and head with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. The body of George Samson was found in the basement of the home. Cottom said Samson appears to have shot himself in the head with a .45-caliber handgun.
“There are a great deal of weapons, several dozen, in the basement,” Cottom said, including “assault, military-type rifles.” Police also found several hundred rounds of ammunition. “We are working with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives to confirm that [George Samson] was in legal possession of those weapons,” Cottom said.
An elderly man met deputies at the door, and deputies then found the wife dead in the home. Cottom said that after George Samson shot his wife, he went to a detached garage and gathered several rounds of ammunition and went into the basement of the home.
Cottom said the Terre Haute Police Department’s Special Response Team was called in and used a remote-controlled camera, discovering that Samson was unresponsive, and “it appeared as he may have killed himself,” Cottom said.
Cottom said the wife’s son, under the age of 12, was found at the home. The boy and an elderly couple related to George Samson were taken to the county sheriff’s department. Cottom said deputies then called Child Protective Services. Cottom said Monday that the boy has since been released into the custody of the wife’s relatives.
“It is a very tragic incident. We have children now without a parent. They both had children from a previous marriage,” Cottom said, adding that most are grown adults.
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<\Iz188888893127441>Reporter Arthur Foulkes contributed to this report.