Lewisville, Texas—It started Tuesday evening with a welfare call to 1632 Chisolm Trail in Lewisville. Coworkers of 49 year old Bernice Stolz had not seen or heard from her all week.
"I haven't heard from her today, she's pretty conscientious about -- I know she has some health problems. I was just trying to -- didn't know if something happened" said a coworker in a 911 call to police.
When he failed to come outside and stopped communicating with them, a SWAT team sent in a robotic device.
"The robot was able to locate him in the master bedroom and officers went in and was able to detain him", said Capt. Kevin Deaver with the Lewisville Police Department.
Police also found Bernice on the kitchen floor dead from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
The family's two dogs had also been shot to death.
Police say Michael Stolz told them he got upset because one of the dogs had defecated in the house and his wife was complaining.
Stolz told police he then grabbed a pistol.
"She had confronted him about it, he became upset and then shot one of the dogs, and then she became more upset and that's whenever he shot her", Deaver said.
Stolz told police he would have taken his own life but he ran out of bullets.
Police say Bernice was killed on Saturday and Stolz had been home with the body for three days.
"It's just a sad situation. I mean nobody deserves to have that happen to them", said Neighbor Jackie Curtis.
Nichole Lusk lives across the street and from the Stolz home and says the couple was acquainted with her parents.
"His wife was over here last Wednesday talking to my mom. And then Mike was talking to my mom last Thursday", Lusk said.
She says Michael Stolz would often show odd behavior.
"If he didn't have mail in his mailbox he would go to and from other people's mailboxes to see if they had mail", Lusk said.
But she says she never knew him to be violent or confrontational.
"I'm in shock I would never think he would do something that's being alleged of him doing", Lusk said.
Michael Stolz is facing murder charges for his wife's death. He's in the Denton County Jail on $250,000 bond.