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Elderly couple set house on fire to lure police into ambush|
An elderly couple in San Angelo, Texas are accused of setting their house on fire Friday to draw in police so that they could murder them.
Gary Ray Wright, 67, and his wife, Brenda Joyce Wright, 60, reportedly had an ongoing feud with the Texas Rangers and plotted to kill any San Angelo Police Department officers who came by.
"Brenda Joyce Wright detailed how she and her husband had become frustrated with life," an affidavit obtained by Standard-Times reports. "The couple was dissatisfied over how a recent traffic accident had been investigated with the San Angelo Police Department. The couple viewed this as the 'last straw' and decided to put into motion a plan the couple had been planning for several weeks."
Brenda Joyce Wright hid in the restroom, armed with a shotgun, but the smoke from the fire became suffocating and she was unable to carry out the plan.
Her husband, Gary Ray Wright, called 911 and told an operator they intended to cause a standoff with police. A day earlier he also called San Angelo TV station KLST to communicate his plans so they could send reporters to the scene.
When police arrived at the scene, Gary Ray Wright approached them, armed with a rifle. When he ignored police requests to drop the firearm, police shot him.
The two were taken to a nearby hospital, although no details on his condition have been released.
Breand Joyce Wright is currently at Tom Green County Jail facing first-degree felony charges.