Sheriff's homicide investigators believe a 56-year-old Lake Forest man tried to pull off a murder-suicide with his wife as the victim Tuesday, but only managed to successfully complete the suicide portion.
Timothy Charles Wilkinson was declared dead from a gunshot wound at his home in the 28000 block of Mountain View Lane in Trabuco Canyon, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, the Orange County Sheriff's spokesman.
Meanwhile, Wilkinson's 72-year-old wife is being treated at a local hospital for blunt force trauma to the head and lacerations to her neck, says Hallock.
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He added the unidentified woman is expected to survive.
"We believe the deceased male attempted to or intended it to be a murder-suicide," Hallock tells City News Service. "We're investigating his death as a suicide."
Investigators were awaiting an autopsy to confirm Wilkinson's cause of death.