Authorities ID dead in nursing home standoff -

Authorities ID dead in nursing home standoff

DE SOTO, Mo. (KMOV) -- Jefferson County sheriff's deputies killed a man Saturday after he fatally wounded his estranged wife in the parking lot of the De Soto nursing home where she worked.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Capt. Ralph Brown said deputies were called to Baisch Nursing Center, , around 2 p.m. after receiving a report that shots had been fired.


Deputies watched James Stallings shove Carolyn Stallings to the pavement and force her into a car. When she broke free, James Stallings shot her in the back.

Deputies then fired on Stallings, killing him. The 70-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carolyn Stallings, 68, was transported by helicopter to St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, where she was pronounced dead.

The woman's son, Randy Crews, said he wasn't surprised his stepfather turned violent.

"He had told her many times that if she ever tried to leave, he would kill her and himself if he had to," Crews said. "I knew when I got here today he wouldn't leave alive."

Brown said that the couple had separated and James Stallings had been served days earlier with an order of protection.

The nursing center was put on lockdown following the initial shooting.

The deputy who shot Stallings was placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure when a weapon is discharged in the line of duty.

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