A 65-year-old man called authorities Sunday night to report he had shot his nephew but was found dead in his house when deputies arrived at the scene, according to a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office news release. The nephew was found in the front yard, wounded and bleeding heavily.
Thomas Markland of 122 Hill Court, Sebring, was found on the floor of his home with apparent gunshot wounds. He had no vital signs and EMS personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. His nephew, Phillip Markland, 28, of the same address, was found bleeding in the front yard and was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Hospital in critical condition.
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