Scottsdale couple identified in apparent murder-suicidePosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A domestic dispute turned deadly in a Scottsdale neighborhood Tuesday morning when a man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself outside their home.
It happened near 68th Place and Chaparral Road.
Police have now released the names of the couple. The victim is identified as Sarah Drewer, 33. Officers said she was shot by her husband, Douglas Drewer, 46, who then shot and killed himself.
This happened just days after Sarah Drewer had filed an order of protection against her husband.
Police say at around 8:30 Tuesday morning, a construction worker across the street heard a child crying for help, and went over to the house to see what was going on.
"One of those construction workers ran to where that noise was coming from," Scottsdale police spokesman Kevin Watts said. "When he entered the house, he saw a male and female struggling over a handgun inside the residence. He intervened and wrestled the handgun away from the male subject."
Then, police say, that worker led Sarah Drewer and child out of the home and across the street.
But, according to police, Douglas Drewer immediately grabbed another gun and ran out of the home.
"Within seconds, the male emerged from the house with another gun, told the citizens to get the young child away from the area," said Watts.
At that time, it is believed that Drewer shot his wife and killed himself, Watts said.
The construction worker had the child when police arrived, Watts said. The couple had another child who was not home at the time of the shooting, Watts said.
The children were being taken care of by the Scottsdale Police Department Crisis Intervention Team.
Watts called the worker a "pretty brave individual to move to the aid of that child."
"It starts with him just hearing the screams for help, and he moves across the street and enters the house," Watts said.
Drewer had been served an order of protection from his wife on Friday, Watts said, and was ordered to stay away from the house and his wife. He also was supposed to have relinquished his guns, Watts said.
Watts said a number of guns were taken from the residence on Friday.
No police officers were involved in the shooting, Watts said.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A domestic dispute turned deadly in a Scottsdale neighborhood Tuesday morning when a man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself outside a home that was being renovated.
A construction worker at a house at the intersection of 68th Place and Chaparral Road heard a child crying about 8:30 a.m. and went to see why, a Scottsdale police spokesman said.
The worker saw a man and woman wrestling over a gun, and the worker grabbed the gun ran out of the home, the spokesman said.
The woman and child followed, but the husband grabbed another gun and chased them outside before shooting the woman and then killing himself, the spokesman said.
Their bodies were found on a sidewalk outside the home.
The construction worker had the child when police arrived, the spokesman said. The couple had another child who was not home at the time of the shooting, the spokesman said.
The man had been served an order of protection from the woman on Friday, the spokesman said, and was ordered to stay away from the house and his wife. He also was supposed to have relinquished his guns, the spokesman said.
No police officers were involved in the shooting, the spokesman said.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Police say two people have been shot and killed in Scottsdale.
The scene is near 68th Street and Chaparral Road.
Officers were seen gathering Tuesday morning at a home under renovation near downtown Scottsdale.
Police had few details about the killings. But Scottsdale Police Department spokesman Kevin Watts said no officers were involved in the shooting.
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