Police say Bristol man shot and killed wife, then turned gun on himself


Police have identified the bodies of two people found dead in Bristol Monday, and say they were a married couple who died in an apparent homicide-suicide.

Police say Gary Guilmette, 71, shot and killed his wife, Candice Guilmette, age 70, with a rifle before turning the gun on himself. Gary Guilmette died of a gunshot would to the head. Candice Guilmette died of a wound to the neck.

Police said they have learned that Gary Guilmette suffered a medical event in early 2019 that may have altered his mental status. Family told detectives the medical event changed his mood and personality, and that he was “not the same person.”

Detectives are working to determine if that played a role in the deaths.

Police say a neighbor found the bodies at a home on Upper Notch Road at about 4:20 p.m. Monday after out-of-state relatives reported they had not heard from the couple since Saturday night. The neighbor then alerted police.

According to police, Gary Guilmette was a self-employed woodworker and wasn’t able to continue his career after his medical event. Candice Guilmette was a self-employed forensic accountant.

VSP Spokesman Adam Silverman offered a summary of how the investigation might unfold given the information surrounding Gary Guilmette’s health leading up to the incident.

“Conducting interviews, looking for any evidence that may be left behind,” Silverman said. “Digital evidence, forensic evidence, speaking with family members, friends and neighbors. People who may be able to speak to what may have happened and how an individual’s mood might have changed.”

Anyone who had contact with Gary or Candice Guilmette in recent days or has any additional information is asked to contact Vermont State Police.

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