Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide in Shelby Township

Police find woman dead inside home, man dies at hospital

Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Shelby Township

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A man and a woman have died in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Shelby Township late Thursday night.

At about 10:25 p.m. Thursday, an 83-year-old man reportedly shot his wife, 77, at their home on Marian Drive near 24 Mile and Schoenherr roads, officials say.

According to Shelby Township police, the man called his son to apologize for shooting his mother after an argument. The son then called police to alert them to the situation.

Shelby Township police responded to the scene and confirmed that the man was inside the home. Police then treated the incident as a barricaded gunman situation after attempts to communicate with the man were unsuccessful.

After more failed attempts to communicate with the man inside the home, police and SWAT teams forced entry into the house.

Police said the 77-year-old woman was found dead inside and had been shot several times. The 83-year-old man was reportedly suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to authorities, the couple had no prior history with police.

No further details have been provided at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

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