Coroner: Joe Lupo Dead

Joseph and Caroline Lupo

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A former Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy who authorities believe may have shot his wife then himself died early Thursday.

Joseph Lupo, 50, died at St. Elizabeth Health Center at about 3:25 a.m. Thursday, according to the Lawrence County Coroner’s office.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating, and said they currently believe Lupo may have shot his wife Caroline, also 50, in the stomach and leg, then shot himself in the head with a .45-caliber gun on Sunday at their Hillsville duplex.

PSP originally sent a news release about the incident on Sunday that said Joseph Lupo had died. Sources later confirmed to WKBN that Lupo was still alive and was upgraded Tuesday to critical condition at the hospital.

The coroner’s office said Lupo, however, died early Thursday morning.

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.

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