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Calif. firefighter, spouse, die in murder-suicide

Officers found a man and a woman who had both sustained gunshot wounds, police said


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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Police are investigating a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife – one of them an employee of the Los Angeles Fire Department – in southeast Long Beach, officials said Sunday morning.

At about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 7100 block of Island Village Drive – which is off Second Street, east of Studebaker Road – to investigate a domestic call, according to a statement from Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

Officers found a man and a woman who had both sustained gunshot wounds, police said. The man was determined deceased at the scene; the woman was transported to a local hospital by Long Beach fire officials, where she later died.

It was not clear who was the shooter. Neither of the deceased were identified, pending notification of next of kin, police said.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that one of the individuals who died is an employee of the agency. It was not clear whether it was the man or woman, nor the person’s rank.

Long Beach police said in their statement that a firearm was found at the scene, and that the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The shooting occurred in a gated community called Island Village, located where Second Street turns into Westminster Boulevard, heading into Seal Beach.

Anyone who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Sean Irving and Ben Vargas at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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