MISSOULA (AP) — The Frenchtown man wounded in an apparent murder-suicide attempt this month has died, Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Friday.
Ronald Newman, 67, had recently been moved from St. Patrick Hospital to a local nursing home, Van Valkenburg said.
He died at 5:05 p.m. Friday of injuries from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Newman called 911 at about noon on May 15 to report that he had shot and killed his 51-year-old wife Cathy and intended to kill himself.
After trying for more than three hours to persuade Newman to pick up the phone or come outside, a Sheriff 's Office tactical team entered the Newman home.
Inside, they found Cathy Newman and one of the couple's three dogs shot to death.
The Life Flight helicopter was called in to transport Ronald Newman to the hospital, where his condition was initially described as critical.
Officials could not release any further information about Newman's condition until now.
Under the provisions of the federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act , the hospital is barred from releasing any information about a patient if the patient — or, in this case, the patient's family — does not consent. This meant that even law enforcement and the county attorney's office were unable to get updates on Newman's condition without a court order.
Van Valkenburg said Newman's death likely means the end of this case.
He does not expect to file any charges.
"I want to confer with law enforcement and the Newman family, but I don't think anything will happen," he said.
Van Valkenburg could not comment on possible motives for the shooting, saying he believed that information was under seal.
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