Authorities say man may have shot wife, himself

Published 4:15 pm Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prentiss County authorities are investigating a shooting in the Thrasher community in northeast Mississippi.

Sheriff Randy Tolar says it appears former Prentiss County School Superintendent Edward McCoy shot his wife before fatally shooting himself early Tuesday.

Tolar says deputies responding to a 911 call at 1:18 a.m. found 65-year-old Barbara McCoy suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Tolar says the body of 72-year-old Edward McCoy was found in the bedroom on the floor with what appeared to be a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Barbara McCoy was in stable but critical condition Wednesday in Magnolia Hospital in Corinth.

Edward McCoy, brother of Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy of Rienzi, served two terms as superintendent in the 1990s.