Binghamton man shoots wife and then himself

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -  A parolee shot his wife in Binghamton, fled the scene and then killed himself when state troopers stopped his car, police said.

The shooting happened late Friday in Binghamton.

Police say Ted Carpenter, 45, used a 9mm handgun to shoot his wife Kimberly, 42, in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

The bleeding victim was able to give police a description of her husband, and state troopers quickly spotted his white Altima.

When troopers flashed their lights, Carpenter stopped. Two troopers told him to get out of the vehicle but got no response.

The troopers looked inside the car and found Carpenter had shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kimberly Carpenter was in critical condition after emergency surgery Saturday at Wilson Regional Medical Center.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says that the gun Carpenter used was stolen from a New York City police property room in August 2000.

Carpenter had been paroled in late July from a New York state prison after serving almost four years on a conviction for criminal sale of a controlled substance.

"How did a guy who just got out of prison get a hold of a gun stolen 10 years ago?" Zikuski asked. "That's something we'll be looking at. Where did it come from?"

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