According to an arrest warrant affidavit, 76-year-old Michael Stolz told police he became upset with his Shepherd dog for "sh**ing in the house."
His 49-year-old wife, Bernice, began complaining about the animal, the warrant says. Stolz told police he became frustrated and retrieved a .38-caliber pistol from the bedroom, then shot the Shepherd twice in the head, according to the document.
The arrest warrant says Bernice Stolz began screaming and ran into the kitchen, and Stolz shot the other dog, a Rottweiler, at least twice.
Stolz told police he started shooting his wife, according to the document. "Michael state that he ran out of bullets and did not plan this out as he did not have any bullets left in order to shoot himself," the affidavit says.
Police discovered the murder Tuesday because Bernice's boss asked them to check on her. She hadn't shown up for her job at Verizon for two days.
Officers visited the Stolz home in the 1600 block of Chisholm Trail in the afternoon and saw a dead dog through the window.
According to the affidavit, officers knew from past calls that an elderly person with diabetic issues lived at the home. Police opened the door and could smell something decomposing -- something stronger than the dog
, the court document says.
Stolz, who was in another part of the house, yelled at police to stay where they were and he would be "out in a minute." But he never appeared, and officers eventually called for backup.
A SWAT team tried for hours to negotiate with Stolz, not sure if he was still armed. Eventually, police sent in a robot equipped with a camera. Once officers discovered Stolz had no weapon, police forced their way in and arrested him.