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Just after 5 p.m. on Monday, the Magnolia Fire Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported house fire and disturbance in the 600 block of Weisinger Road off FM 1488 and FM 2978. They arrived to find a Floyd Meeks, age 64 on the front porch bleeding heavily from an apparent gunshot wound.

As one crew attended to him the other firefighters entered the home with heavy smoke coming from a fire in the living  room. As they began the initial attack on the fire, they discovered  Nancy Meeks, his wife age 65 inside who had also apparently been shot.

Montgomery County Hospital District responded to the scene. The female was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands in critical condition and died several hours later.

Crews performed CPR on the male on the front porch but lost the battle to save him after almost 30 minutes. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace  Edie Connelly conducted an inquest and ordered him to be transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for autopsy.

The female, who died at the hospital, was also ordered by Judge Connelly to be transported to the Montgomery County Forensic Center.

As firefighters finished extinguishing the fire, which was limited to room and contents with fire damage to the living room, detectives from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office began arriving, as did investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshals Office. Sheriff Tommy Gage also responded to the scene.

As detectives began packing up evidence just after 1 a.m. Detective Dan Zientek said they still had not determined exactly what happened and needed to speak with family members and wait for autopsy reports. Floyd Meeks was a reserve Police Officer with Cut and Shoot Police Department.

All through the night, neighbors stood out in the streets and sat on their front porches in disbelief at what happened in their normally very quiet neighborhood.

Susan Crug who has lived in the neighborhood said the elderly couple were very good neighbors. Many times they would watch over their property including when Crug’s home was being built.

Almost a month ago, Nancy Meeks approached Crug as she returned home from work and expressed concern. The female told Crug she had begun carrying a gun for protection and had posted no trespassing signs as someone had broken into her shed.

Crug’s husband was washing dishes when he looked out the window and saw the smoke. When he got outside, the elderly man was exiting the home calling for help. Crug ran back inside and called 911. He then ran back across the street to find the elderly man lying face down in blood, breathing but not responding verbally.

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