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Tragedy: Florida Man Shoots, Kills Fiancee Day Before Wedding

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Photo: John Tabutt and fiancé Nancy Dinsmore.

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Police are calling the fatal shooting of a 62-year-old Florida woman shot and killed by her fiancé the day before their wedding a "tragic accident," however authorities are waiting on forensic reports.

John Tabutt, 62, told authorities he had grabbed his gun after he thought he heard an intruder, then fired at a figure in the hallway, according to Brunelle. It was Tabutt's live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore, whom family members say he was going to marry Saturday. Tabutt told authorities he thought she was next to him in bed the whole time.

A message left for a phone number listed for the house was not returned.

Brunelle said no charges have been filed against Tabutt, adding the information he provided has been verified and he appeared "very distraught."

Tabutt was "very concerned about her well-being," standing by while she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Brunelle added.

The couple planned to wed in a small ceremony Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winter Springs, Dinsmore's son-in-law Scott Sposato, of Vero Beach, told the Orlando Sentinel.

"They loved each other," he said. "It was quite apparent."

Tabutt called the police emergency dispatcher shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, moaning and sobbing, the newspaper reported.

"I thought I had an intruder in the house," he told the emergency dispatcher. "Honest to God, she looks dead."

He then thought he heard her take a breath.

"Hang in there, Honey. Hang in there," he said.

Winter Springs is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Orlando.
  • Sammy Saltzman

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