Texas medical examiner killed by estranged husband, ex-college basketball player in suspected murder-suicide

The Frosts had a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy

Police lights at a crime scene.

DALLAS – A Dallas County medical examiner was killed in a suspected murder-suicide on Tuesday, officials said.

Beth Frost, 46, was believed to have been fatally shot by her estranged husband, James Frost, 51, who then turned the gun on himself, according to media reports.

Officers found the pair dead shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a report of shots fired and a possible active shooter at the Dallas County medical examiner's office, said Dallas County sheriff's Investigator William Fritz.

After evacuating the building, investigators determined that James Frost had walked into the complex and shot Beth Frost, who was employed there as a medical examiner, Fritz said.

The Dallas Morning-News reported that a second person was injured, but details about the extent of their injuries were not revealed.

Beth Frost’s LinkedIn profile states that she joined the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office in June 2020. She was previously a forensic pathology fellow there in 2016 and 2017, her profile shows.

Media reports state that she filed for divorce from James Frost — who played basketball for the University of Missouri from 1990-1994 — on May 2.

The marriage filing states that the marriage was “insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between Beth and Jed that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation,” the Morning-News reported.

After playing college basketball, James Frost went on to start FROST, a luxury handbag company.

“The inspiration for Frost bags came from a bag given to me by my wife, Beth, as a gift upon her graduation from medical school,” James, who also went by “Jed,” wrote on the company’s website. “This gift was so remarkable because it carried with it my story, our story. I knew instantly that this was a concept I had to share with the world.”

The Frosts had a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.

Read also:


About the Authors:

Rebecca Salinas joined KSAT in the fall of 2019. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.