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Connecticut man kills wife, shot her mother: Arrested during suicide attempt

Scott and Lori Gellatly in happier times. He killed Lori and shot her mother on Wednesday. Scott was taken into custody while attempting suicide in a stolen truck.
Scott and Lori Gellatly in happier times. He killed Lori and shot her mother on Wednesday. Scott was taken into custody while attempting suicide in a stolen truck.
Facebook screen grab/ Scott Gellately

An Oxford, Connecticut man is charged with shooting his estranged wife and killing her and then turning the gun on his mother-in-law, critically injuring her. The Swan Lake neighborhood in Oxford was put in lock-down mode by the authorities as the manhunt for Scott Gellatly got underway, according to the Connecticut Post on May 7.

The 46-year-old man was due in court on Thursday, as his wife was seeking a permanent restraining order against Gellatly.
Lori Gellatly was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband on April 24, which was still in effect when he fatally shot his wife. The 32-year-old mother of two died from her injuries shortly after she was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

According to the Hartford Courant, Lori Gellatly’s mother, 63-year-old Merry Jackson, remains in Waterbury’s St. Mary’s Hospital in serious condition today. She was also a victim of this horrendous domestic shooting.

There were two toddlers in the home when this shooting occurred at 5:45 a.m., but they were unharmed. The one-and-a-half-year-old twin babies are now in the care of a family member.

Police received a 911 call from Lori Gellatly at her Sioux Drive residence at about 5:45 a.m. and she stated that her estranged husband was trying to break into the house. He then forced his way in and shot the two women.

The next door neighbors of the Gellately’s, Jim and Jacky Smith, heard three gun shots and screams coming from the house and they saw the Gellatly’s garage door open and Scott run out. He left in a 2013 Ford Escape, which he took from his wife’s home.

Gellatly’s car was found about a mile from New England Brake and Tire Shop on Route 67 in Oxford, which had been broken into and a truck was missing. The statewide manhunt was expanded and intensified as police were notified along the East Coast to be on the lookout for the suspect who was now driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup.

Helicopters and law enforcement across the state assisted in the manhunt. Gelatly was spotted at about 11:30 a.m. in Winsted, Conn. He had rigged the truck to commit suicide with a hose from the exhaust going into the passenger cabin of the vehicle.

He was taken into custody and is currently held on $2 million bond. He will be arraigned in Superior Court this morning, Thursday, May 8, on charges. Gellatly is charged with murder, attempted murder, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault in first degree on elderly person, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Lori Gellatly’s restraining order stated she was “afraid for my kids and myself.” Scott had posted a very detailed and desperate account of the demise of his marriage on his Facebook account. This is the place he also boasted about his marriage to Lori and where he joyful celebrated the birth of his twins a few years back.

Lori Gellatly moved out of the Swan Lake home she lived in with her husband and moved in with her mother in the same Swan Lake neighborhood back in February. The log cabin-style home where the shootings took place belongs to Merry Jackson, who is fighting for her life in the hospital today. Scott and Lori Gellatly are the parents of the toddler twins, but Scott has two older children from a previous marriage.

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