FLORAL CITY — A longtime Florida Highway Patrol trooper and his wife died in an apparent murder-suicide at their Citrus County home early Sunday, authorities said.
The state trooper, Eddie Silcox, had been with the patrol for 22 years. Investigators say he and his wife, Sandra, had been married for nearly 30 years, but had been having marital problems and recently separated.
Sheriff's deputies went to the Silcoxes' home in Floral City about 3 a.m. Sunday after Eddie Silcox called 911 to report a domestic disturbance, according to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
There, deputies found Sandra Silcox shot to death and Eddie Silcox injured from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Both were 48 years old.
The state trooper was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, where he died of his wounds, officials said.
No one else was at the house.
The Sheriff's Office said there had been no previous calls to law enforcement from the couple's home at 4525 E Seese Lane.
Eddie Silcox was assigned to Highway Patrol Troop C, which patrols roads and highways around much of the Tampa Bay area.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Kraus said Silcox kept his personal life separate from his work duties, and has "no record of any kind of violent past" during his time with the patrol.
"It's tragic," Kraus said.
Kraus said the family had two sons, a 17-year-old who is now with relatives, and another who is in the Air Force. Their names have not been released.
The patrol is planning to release information from Silcox's personnel file today.
"Right now, we haven't seen any red flags. Not any red flags that the department would have known about," Kraus said.
Sheriff's detectives are continuing to investigate, but they say this appears to be a murder-suicide.
Mike Brassfield can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4160.