Initial indications from a follow-up investigation by Springfield police are that local Realtor Booker Cox Jr., a patient at Cox Medical Center South, died Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the medical center, a release from the police department stated.
Booker Cox's wife, Carolyn Cox, is being treated for a gunshot wound.
According to the police department, officers responded to Cox Medical Center South following reports of the sounds of gunshots late Saturday. Police were taken to the ninth floor by hospital security where the incident was contained to one room. Booker Cox Jr., 79, and his wife, Carolyn Cox, 69, were located inside the room with gunshot wounds. Booker Cox was pronounced dead at 10:09 p.m. and his wife is being treated, the report stated. Her condition is not available, according to police.
An autopsy was conducted Monday and preliminary results indicated that Booker Cox Jr. died as a result of the gunshot wound. A final determination of the cause and manner of death will be made by the medical examiner's office at a later time, the release stated.
The full circumstances of Carolyn Cox's shooting have not yet been determined, police reported. The investigation will continue until a final determination is made, the release stated. Police will not release more specific details of the investigation at this time.
The release stated that based on the information, no suspects are being sought and there is no indication that others were involved in the incident.
According to Foggy River Realty's website, Booker Cox was a real estate agent for the Hollister realty company. The website states that Booker was a licensed realtor in Missouri and Arkansas with more than 30 years of experience. He met his wife Carolyn at church in Blue Eye and together the couple has two sons — Booker III and Todd.