Husband and wife dead in Phoenix murder-suicide

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A man shot and killed his wife in their apartment Sunday night while the couple's three young children were home and apparently asleep.

Police said Robert Collier called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. and said he killed his wife. When officers responded to the Bolero Apartments at 79th Avenue and McDowell Road they found a 33-year-old black female who had been shot to death. Investigators later identified her as Angelina Collier.

Officers tracked Collier, 32, by cell phone to the area of 15th Avenue and Indian School Road, about 10 miles from the home. They found Collier inside a vehicle with a deadly self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"We're trying to figure out what happened with this young couple, what made this man apparently kill his wife and then himself," said Officers James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Dept.

The children are ages 1, 4, and 12.

"We have been able to locate some family members...Child Protective Services arrived to the apartment, took custody of the children and they're going to make every effort, as they always do, to get these children with family members," said Officer Holmes.

Holmes said he did not know if the children had been told yet what happened to their parents.

Police have not said if there is a history of domestic violence with the couple.

"I think that it's fortunate at least immediately for these kids that they were asleep. It indicates that they were not traumatized by what might have happened inside the apartment," Holmes said.