A former Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy shot his wife then himself and is still alive, despite reports that he died after the shooting on Sunday, sources on Tuesday said.
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed on Tuesday they believe former deputy Joseph Lupo, 50, tried to kill his wife, Caroline, shooting her in the stomach and leg, at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, then shot himself in the head with a .45-caliber gun.
Police originally said in a news release that Caroline and Joseph Lupo “were both transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, OH, where Joseph died from his injury.”
But several sources, and an official with the PSP confirmed Tuesday that Lupo was still alive and had been upgraded to critical condition at the time.
“We were led to believe that he was basically on life support, extremely critical condition, was not going to make it through the night,” said PSP trooper Harry Gustafson. “However, today we’ve been advised he’s been upgraded to critical condition.”
PSP refused to give details on the shooting on Monday, but on Tuesday, sources confirmed they believe the shooting was an attempted murder-suicide and that Joseph Lupo was the only person with a gun at the time of the shooting.
“I mean that’s the only option with one gun involved,” Gustafson said. “It was an attempted murder-suicide, one way or the other. We can’t speculate, comment on which way basically.”
Police said Caroline Lupo called 911. Caroline Lupo has a 16-year-old daughter that lived with her and Joseph Lupo, her step-father. Police said Tuesday Caroline and Joseph Lupo were home alone at their W. Main Street duplex when the shooting took place.
Police are still waiting to interview Caroline Lupo, who remained at St. Elizabeth Health Center with serious injuries.
Police said the shooting was a “domestic situation.”
Joseph Lupo worked as a deputy from 1992 to 2005 when he left the department on disability.
“We’re kind of in limb,” Gustafson said. “We have our physical evidence that we collected and we’ll start examining that, but right now, we’re just waiting until one or both of the parties, hopefully, to be able to be interviewed so we can sit down and talk to them.”