updated 8/7/2007 10:19:55 PM ET 2007-08-08T02:19:55

A 77-year-old man killed his wife and then himself with a commercial-grade nail gun, police said Tuesday.

Police said they don’t yet know why James B. Tompkinson, a retired teacher, would kill his 67-year-old wife, Susan.

A relative who went to their home Monday evening found them and called 911.

When police arrived, Susan Tompkinson was dead of head and chest trauma and her husband was badly injured. He died Tuesday morning.

Police Lt. Thomas Dellane said there was no history of police calls to the couple’s home.

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