PD: Deaths of Phoenix couple were likely murder-suicide

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 9:31 AM

PHOENIX -- Police believe the deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside their burning home were likely a murder-suicide.

Firefighters were called to the neighborhood southeast of 43rd Avenue and Union Hills Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The bodies of a man and a women were found inside.

One of the firefighters who went into the home said early on that the couple, believed to have been in their 60s, might have been dead before crews arrived on the scene, and that the fire might not have been what killed them.

Sgt. Trent Crump confirmed that when he said a weapon was found between the bodies of the man and woman, both of whom had been shot. Investigators said evidence leads them to believe the fire was intentionally set.

"[Investigators] believe they have at least six points of origin within the home, in different rooms inside the house," he said. Neighbors say the couple had been struggling, both financially and in terms of their health.

According to detectives, the woman died first.

The case remains under investigation.

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