Elizabeth Boone, 69, filed for divorce from Michael Boone, 71, last Thursday, according to online court records.
He killed her on Monday, according to police. They had been married for 42 years.
Michael Boone was dead when police arrived at their Meridian home, and she was taken to a local hospital, Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey told the Statesman. She underwent surgery but later died.
According to the petition for divorce that Elizabeth Boone filed, the couple had been married since April 14, 1976, and she listed “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. They had three adult children together.
Police later said in a press release Monday, before the Boones’ names were released, that evidence at the scene indicated that the man had shot the woman and turned the gun on himself. Both had gunshot wounds to the head, the Ada County coroner said in a release Tuesday.
The two deaths brought the number of intimate-party fatalities in Idaho this year to 17, according to data from the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. That figure includes 10 homicides and seven suicides.
The shooting occurred at about 10:15 a.m., when police responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Thornwood Way. That’s north of Interstate 84 and west of Eagle Road.
According to family members and a witness at the scene, the woman had moved out of the house about two weeks ago.
“The victim and the family member came to the home to retrieve some belongings,” a police press release said. “The suspect pulled the victim into a room and an argument ensued. The witness then heard several gunshots and fled the scene, calling police.”
The weapon was a .45-caliber handgun, the release said.
The local Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 208-343-7025 through the Boise Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233.