Sacramento police say officers responded to an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday morning after dispatchers received a call from a man who said he had just shot his wife and said he was going to take his own life.
Moments later, police said, dispatchers heard what sounded like a single gunshot, and officers rushed to the home in the 6300 block of Glenhills Way, near Elder Creek Road and 65th Street Expressway, in the southeastern area of the city.
Police Department spokesman Officer Justin Brown said the call was received about 10:40 a.m.
Officers evacuated several nearby houses and awaited the arrival of a SWAT team to deal with the threat. Nearby Camellia Basic Elementary School was temporarily locked down until police determined that the shooting involved a single residence.
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SWAT officers entered the home and found a man and woman who were critically injured. Medics declared both dead at the scene. Their names have not been released pending a coroner’s investigation and notification of family.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the man, in his 60s, appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a Police Department news release. The woman, in her 50s, also appeared to have suffered fatal gunshot injuries.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident to call the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.