Elderly Longmont man who told police he shot, killed his wife dies

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Crime scene in Longmont investigated. September 5, 2013

Crime scene in Longmont investigated. September 5, 2013

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LONGMONT, Colo. —The 80-year-old man who told police that he shot and killed his 72-year-old wife Thursday has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said Saturday that Raymond Ecker died after he was in critical condition at the Longmont United Hospital for an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A call came in to emergency communications at 1:12 p.m. Thursday from Ecker who reported that he shot his wife, and made statements he planned to shoot himself, Satur said.

Boulder County authorities identified the woman Friday as his wife, Judith Ecker.

Officers went into the apartment at 2400 17th Avenue at about 1:55 p.m. Thursday and found Judith deceased in the apartment.

Several nearby apartments were evacuated and residents were asked to avoid areas with crime scene tape Thursday afternoon.

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