LAS VEGAS — A registered nurse from Tennessee died shielding his physician wife from gunfire in the Las Vegas massacre.
Sonny Melton, 29, a registered nurse, died in the shooting, according to the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn., where he worked.
His wife, Dr. Heather Melton, an orthopedic surgeon who was with him when shots were fired, survived, the medical center said.
Heather Melton told WZTV in Nashville that her husband ‘‘saved my life and lost his.’’ She said her husband was the most kind-hearted, loving man she ever met.
Friend Jeremy Butler told the community newspaper, the Paris Post-Intelligencer, that Melton was protecting his wife from gunfire when he was fatally shot.
Jeremy Butler, who said he has been best friends with Sonny Melton since he was 3, told the Paris (Tennessee) Post Intelligencer that Melton was shielding his wife from gunfire when he was fatally shot.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Melton and his wife had been married only a year and had traveled from Tennessee for the festival. “When the bullets began raining down from above, Sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers,” Sanders said.