Man Shoots Woman, Kills Himself At Putnam County Church

Man Shoots Woman, Kills Himself At Putnam County Church

CREATED Feb 3, 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. – A man shot his sister-in-law and then shot and killed himself inside a Putnam County church on Sunday morning, authorities said.

Officials with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred inside Double Springs Community Church around 9 a.m. Sunday.

According to Sheriff David Andrews, the alleged shooter, 64-year-old Tommy Meadows, walked into the church and threatened to kill his estranged wife Wanda Meadows, who was at the church with her sister. At some point, officials said her sister, Etta Medley, intervened and was apparently shot in the stomach by Tommy Meadows. 

Wanda Meadows was able to get away and ran out of the church.

The SWAT team was called in to intervene on the scene and when they arrived they found Tommy Meadows dead in the basement of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I don't think I've ever been in a church where that's where the actual crime like this was committed," said Sheriff David Andrews.

Sunday morning service at the church was set to begin at 11 a.m. and Sheriff Andrews believes had this shooting happened any later the situation could've turned even more deadly.

"My first thought was 'Dear God, how many people are in the building?'" he said on Sunday.

Family members of the shooting victim told NewsChannel 5 the bullet ricocheted into her intestines and as of Sunday afternoon she was in critical condition at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported.