ROYSE CITY – A Royse City man critically wounded his wife and then killed himself with one gunshot to his head in the street in front of their house this morning.
Neighbors say that after Scott Arthur Croop, 39, and his wife, Kara Elizabeth Croop, were arguing inside their home in the 400 block of Cookston Ln. shortly before 9 am and then the argument continued outside. Cookston is located just south of I-30, between SH 548 and Circle Ln.
Croop then shot his wife several times. She was in critical condition when she was transported to Baylor Medical Center by Rockwall E.M.S., according to Royse City Police Chief Jeff Stapleton.
Kara Croop’s attorney, Lisa Baker Canterberry, told CBS11-TV News that the couple were separated, had filed for divorce last November and it was to be finalized next week. The couple shared an 11-year-old daughter, Alexandria, and Scott had recently tried to reconnect with her. Scott was also set to retire from the military today, after recently returning from serving overseas in Bahrain.
At the time of the shooting, Alexandria was at school. Administrators and teachers at that campus were made aware of the situation and counselors were active there today.
Police say that no one else was involved and they are interviewing witnesses and neighbors to determine what may have led to this incident.