A Friendship man is dead after allegedly shooting himself in the presence of Crockett County deputies and injuring his wife in the process.
Daniel Gray, 41, died from a self-inflicted gunshot on Friday evening after deputies arrived at his residence on Belle Vernon Cemetery Road....
Crockett County Chief Deputy Jeff Sills stated deputies originally responded to a domestic abuse call around 6:56 p.m. at the residence and did not know Gray had a gun. The couple was in a shop behind the house when deputies arrived. While in their presence, Gray pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head. They discovered the wife had been shot in the hand and she was taken to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Sills said Gray died from the gunshot and the department was only conducting a death-scene investigation. He added none of the deputies were physically injured during the incident.
Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee stated in a press release in September of last year that Gray had pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion before U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen. He was supposed to have been sentenced on Dec. 1 and faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The Grays were indicted on Feb. 16, 2010, and charged with two counts of income evasion after an investigation by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. According to the indictment, the Grays filed joint tax returns for 2003 and 2004 with the IRS. The indictment alleges that when they filed these returns they knew and believed that their taxable income for those years was substantially in excess of the amount they declared on their returns.
As part of Gray's plea agreement, he agreed to plead guilty to income evasion pertaining to his 2003 federal income tax return. He admitted that the tax loss caused by his actions was $132,524 for tax years 2002, 2003 and 2004.
The condition of Gray's wife is not known at this time.
Editor's note: Original information from the Crockett County Sheriff's Department reported the wife as being shot before deputies arrived.