An elderly man in Washington who police said killed himself and his wife did so because they did not have enough money to pay for medical care.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office posted a suicide note on its Facebook, in which a 77-year-old man called 911 that morning and told the dispatcher he was going to shoot himself.

The man indicated that he had prepared a note for the sheriff with information. The dispatcher tried his best to keep the man on the phone but lost his signal after the man said, “We will be in the front bedroom.”

On arriving at the home, deputies attempted to make contact with the man. He was found tragically dead from a gunshot wound an hour later.

His 76-year-old wife was lying next to him. She was also dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police found several notes left depicting severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care, “Next of kin information was left in a note and detectives are working with out of state law enforcement to notify the next of kin,” the sheriff’s department’s post reads.

Two dogs were found in the home and were turned over to the Humane Society.