PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man and woman are dead after a murder-suicide in Laveen on Sunday morning.

Phoenix police were originally called to a house near 39th Avenue and Baseline Road for a report of a husband and wife fighting. The 43-year-old wife wanted officers to remove her husband from the house.

When police arrived on the scene the man had already left the house and officers gave the woman information on how to obtain an order of protection before leaving.

According to police, minutes after officers left they received a 911 call from the woman saying her husband returned and the operator heard gunshots on the call and all communication stopped.

When officers arrived back on the scene, they discovered the woman and her  husband. Both of them were pronounced dead at the home, police said. They have since been identified as 43-year-old Syeda Sohaly Akter and 52-year-old Abul Ahsan Habib.

Early indications from the scene indicate the man shot his wife and turned the gun on himself.

"Unfortunately this never gets easy for us for advocates," said Myriah Mhoon, CEO of New Life Center, Arizona's largest domestic violence shelter. She said this tragedy is all too familiar. "A lot of times, the time of death or fatality does occur when the person is attempting to leave or even after they're leaving, so it speaks to how horrific domestic violence and family violence can really be." 

Mhoon said the pandemic has worsened the domestic violence issue in Arizona. "A lot of the times they're in the same room as the perpetrator for weeks...if not months," said Mhoon. "They literally aren't able to get to us and say they need help." New Life Center is helping victims 24/7 in a pandemic or not. For more information, click here

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