A man wanted for murdering his wife at their Robertson County home was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday afternoon at the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Kentucky State Police found Parker’s vehicle on Interstate 65 near mile marker 12. They later discovered him deceased inside the car.
“He was asked to get out of the car numerous times, when he finally approached the vehicle he had shot himself,” explained Jonathan Biven with the Kentucky State Police Department.
Police were searching for Parker, 45, after he called 911 at 2:35 a.m. Friday to say he’d killed his wife Samantha “two nights ago.”
He reported that he had shot his wife and placed her in a freezer.
“I left the front door open. I left everything on in the house. She’s in the garage; you go through the kitchen to get to the garage. I love her. I still love her.” Parker said during a 911 call.
Her body was found at the couple’s home on Clydesdale Lane in Springfield a short time later.
A motive was not immediately known.
SLIDESHOW: Wife found dead at Springfield home
Police considered Parker armed and dangerous throughout the day as they searched for him due to threats he made against his place of employment, Rivergate Toyota.
Metro police told News 2 Parker, a car salesman, threatened to go to the dealership on Gallatin Pike North and “kill multiple people.”
As a result, officers set up a command in the parking lot late Friday morning. There was a heavy police presence and a helicopter flying overhead.
The police activity died down about 90 minutes later and it was business as usual.
U.S. Marshals along with officers with the TBI and Springfield and Metro police departments aide in the search for Parker. He was also added to the TBI’s Top 10 “Most Wanted” list.
Samantha Parker was 43-years-old. The couple had been married for 12 years.
Both deaths remain under investigation.