A husband and wife were found dead in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the night of May 16. Anthony Gaunichaux and his wife, Amanda Gaunichaux died in what appears to be a murder-suicide after a domestic dispute. Officials with Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating their deaths.
Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide
Officers responded to a call at a home on Annadel Court around 10:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Shots were fired from the home when 911 dispatchers were on the call.
Officers arrived on the scene with Anthony Gaunichaux, 47, who was inside the home with his wife, Amanda Gaunichaux, 36. Anthony placed their two-year-old son outside the house, and officers took the child to safety.
While deputies were caring for the child in a patrol car, Anthony went back inside the house. Gunshots followed soon after.
When officers entered the house, they found Anthony and Amanda dead. Lead Detective Angela Hall said that Amanda was the victim of a fatal shooting. “The husband died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Hall.
The couple allegedly got into a domestic dispute. It appears to be a murder-suicide, wherein Anthony first shot Amanda before killing himself.
Their child was not physically harmed in the ordeal. Hall said that the toddler is being cared for.
Leanne Nelson, who lives in the same neighborhood as the Gaunichaux family, said she was asleep in her home when she heard 10 to 12 gunshots. “I’ve never been so scared in my life just hearing it and knowing it was right here,” said Nelson.
Who Are Anthony and Amanda Gaunichaux?
Amanda Gaunichaux was a heart nurse practitioner who had been working at Saint Thomas-Midtown Hospital since 2010.
The hospital released a statement in response to the tragic news of her death. “We are shocked and saddened by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Amanda’s family,” read the statement, ”Amanda worked for Saint Thomas Health for almost eight years at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and in the Saint Thomas Heart practice. Amanda was a hard-working and compassionate nurse practitioner who will be greatly missed.”
Amanda wasn’t active on social media, apart from posting pictures of her son on Facebook. She also commented on political happenings. Anthony was also not very active on Facebook.