UPDATE: Winchester woman who was shot in the head by her husband dies

Thomas Heflin, 54, faces attempted murder charges

WINCHESTER, Va. - UPDATE: 

The woman who was shot in the head by her husband on Dec. 12 has died, according to law enforcement in Winchester. 
 
Jeanette Heflin was place into a medically-induced coma following the incident. Medical examiners in Manassas confirmed her death this morning. 
 
Thomas Heflin, 54, was arrested following the shooting and was charged with attempted murder. 
 
Police said Heflin confessed to the shooting quickly, blaming marital problems for his actions. 

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The quiet streets of a Winchester neighborhood were rocked on Monday night after a 56-year-old man dialed 911 to report that he shot his wife in the head. 

"He never had a harsh word, in our conversations, for his wife," said Roger Ernst, the employer of the suspect, Thomas Heflin. 

The picturesque Christmas decorations now seem out of place outside the Heflin Home in the 200-block of Stafford Drive. 
 
On Monday night, 56-year-old Thomas Heflin allegedly shot and critically injured his wife, Jeanette Heflin, 54, with a 12 gauge shotgun. 
 
Jeanette Heflin was taken to Winchester Medical Center and then later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for further treatment. She was put in a medically-induced coma on Tuesday morning. 
 
"He expressed that they had a domestic argument, that there was some discussion in reference to their relationship and marriage and unfortunately, the argument ended with this incident right here," said Capt. Donald Lang, Frederick County Sheriff's Office. 
 
The scene of the crime was known as the Heflin Home. Jeanette Heflin and her mother-in-law provided in-home care to elderly patients in the residence.  
 
Neighbors said the women treated their patients with respect and kindness, and it's difficult to imagine that a place full of love and generosity was the scene of something so horrific. 
 
"There are time I'd give him the money and he would say, I'm gonna take my wife out to dinner because she likes to go out to dinner," Ernst said. 
 
Thomas Heflin's mother and two elderly patients, who have since been relocated, were in the home at the time of the shooting. 
 
Lang said responding officers and emergency services are the reason why Jeanette is still alive. 
 
"The injuries to her were very severe. You know, the quick response of all, especially the law enforcement, emergency personnel, certainly increased her opportunity to survive this," Lang said. 
 
Thomas Heflin, who neighbors described as an "avid gun collector" was denied bond via skype in Frederick County Circuit Court early Tuesday afternoon.
 
He is being charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 
 
"As my wife said this morning, you can be dressed up in a very nice suit, but you may have a dirty shirt underneath," Ernst said.
 
Police responded to the home a little after 7:15 p.m. Jeanette Heflin sustained an injury to her head and forearm. Police believe that the forearm injury was caused by her blocking the shot to her head. 

 


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