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January 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Pierce County couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

The Associated Press

GRAHAM, Pierce County — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says detectives think a woman fatally shot her estranged boyfriend, then drove to a church parking lot and killed herself.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said officers believe “it was a homicide-suicide.” He said the two were in the process of breaking up.

The spokesman said a woman found her adult son dead in his bedroom Tuesday in the community of Graham. Troyer said the man in his 30s had a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives found no weapon so they ruled out suicide and started looking for the man’s live-in girlfriend.

On Tuesday night, deputies found the woman’s pickup in a Tacoma church parking lot about eight miles from the Graham home. The woman, also in her 30s, was dead from what Troyer said is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Pierce County medical examiner will identify the couple.

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