Skooter reporting 03/29/12
A Texas man was arrested by police who was charged with murder for shooting his wife and two dogs after one of the animals defecated on the floor of the house Saturday.
After a five-hour standoff at Michael Stephen Stolz, 76, home in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville late Tuesday, he was charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bernice Stolz, 49. He remained in the Denton County Jail on Wednesday on a $250,000 bond.
The Texas man shot his wife and the couple's two dogs after one of the animals a German Shepherd mix pooped on the floor on Saturday, said Lewisville Police Capt. Kevin Deaver. First he shot the German Shepherd mix, then their other dog, a Rottweiler, then his wife who was screaming because of the shootings of the dogs, Deaver said.
Bernice Stolz’ employer was wondering why the woman failed to show up at work for several days, so he called the police to investigate. Stolz refused officers who asked permission to let them enter the house and check on the woman's status, Deaver said.
From inside the house, police smelled an odor of decomposition and called in SWAT members to help persuade Stolz to surrender. The SWAT team finally sent a robot with a camera inside to look what was going on, Deaver said. They saw Stolz was unarmed and was on the floor lying.
Eventually Stolz peacefully surrendered. Police found Bernice Stolz's body on the kitchen floor shot to the head. The Texas man told police he wanted to kill himself but ran out of ammunitions after spending bullets to his wife and dogs, Deaver said.
"Sometimes it's just a trivial little thing that sets people off," Deaver said.
Stolz had no history of mental illness, Deaver said. Although previously there were calls for medical assistance.