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Prosecutors: Elderly man fatally beats wife, kills himself

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MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP -

Authorities say an elderly man from Manchester Township called police to report he had beaten his wife to death at their home, then fatally shot himself after police arrived.

According to Ocean County prosecutors, Ernest Greaves, 82, called police Sunday just before 1 a.m.

Police initially couldn't contact anyone at the home, but entered the residence after finding the front door unlocked.

They saw the body of Beverly Greaves, 80, and soon encountered her husband, who was sitting in a recliner holding a handgun to his chin.

Officers told him to drop the weapon but he fired it instead, fatally wounding himself.

Investigators say Beverly Greaves died from blunt head trauma her husband inflicted with a hammer found at the scene.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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