Police in eastern Kentucky say a county magistrate stabbed and wounded his wife and then fatally shot himself.
Its reported that Clay County Magistrate James Lyttle used a large kitchen knife to stab his wife Wednesday morning. The station said Lyttle then went into a shed and shot himself. Sharon Lyttle was in serious condition late Wednesday after surgery at University of Kentucky Hospital.
Manchester Police Chief Chris Fultz said the violence was unexpected.
In addition to serving as a magistrate, James Lyttle owned a tobacco shop and worked for the local school board.
He and his wife have two teenage sons.
Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Asher said Lyttle was well-liked in the community.