Texas man says money woes, failing health led to standoff

Texas man says money woes, failing health led to standoff

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man says financial problems and the failing health of both he and his wife prompted the couple to set fire to their home and then engage in a standoff with responding officers.

Gary Ray Wright told the San Angelo Standard-Times (http://bit.ly/2o4Libv ) that the two hoped they would die in the January incident when police fired on them.

The 63-year-old Wright said Tuesday he never fired his rifle but was armed when he was shot twice by San Angelo officers.

A criminal complaint alleges Wright and his wife, 60-year-old Brenda Joyce Wright, intended to kill officers due in part to a grievance the couple had with the police department.

The couple is being held at the Tom Green County jail on charges that include attempted capital murder.

Information from: Standard-Times, http://www.sanangelostandardtimes.com

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