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One dead, one wounded in domestic dispute turned violent

A 51-year-old Pilot Point woman died at a Denton hospital Wednesday night following a shooting at a home in the 300 block of South Church Street.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the woman, Rhonda Holmes, as having died at Denton Regional Medical Center at 9:30 p.m. The medical examiner’s website listed the location of the incident as 325 S. Church, which is the home of Mrs. Holmes’ parents, Don and Judy Smith.

Mrs. Holmes allegedly was shot by her husband, Nemo Holmes, 50. A woman who witnessed the shooting told The Post-Signal that Holmes shot his wife in the stomach, then turned the gun on himself. Holmes was transported to Medical Center of Plano by Pilot Point EMS. Pilot Point police reported Wednesday morning that Holmes remained hospitalized in critical condition.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who were injured prior to the shooting, also were taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures.

The witness said the shooting occurred after Nemo Holmes drove into the Smiths’ driveway, which faces Grove Street, and rammed an SUV that was in the driveway. The witness and her husband, who live nearby on Grove Street, ran to the Smith home after they heard the crash shortly after 8 p.m.

According to the witness, one of the vehicles hit Mrs. Smith and knocked her to the pavement. Holmes also hit Smith in the face and knocked him to the ground, the witness said.

Holmes then approached Mrs. Holmes after the wreck and shot her in the stomach, according to the witness. He then shot himself, the witness said.

Pilot Point EMS responded at about 8:30 p.m. to a report that two people had been shot at the home. Ambulances were dispatched to pick up one person with an abdominal wound and another with a wound to the face. Two medical helicopters also were dispatched and landed at the nearby middle school. Both patients were transported to area hospitals by ambulance, however.

According to a second witness, police drew their guns as they approached the house and ordered two men, including Holmes, to drop to the ground. Holmes, who was wearing a shirt that was covered in blood, also told police that the gun was located next to the house. Mrs. Holmes was lying in the driveway out of view from the adjacent street.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies spent several hours at the scene and cleared early Thursday morning.

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