grenade was found in the home of an apparent murder-suicide south of
Lake Charles Monday.
Charles L. Russell, 65, is believed to
have killed his wife, Sandra G. Russell, 69, shot himself, and set
their south Lake Charles home at the corner of Dolphin Drive and
Elliott Road on fire midday Monday, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony
A cause of death has not been
determined for Sandra Russell, whose body was found in the back of
the home, because firefighters were forced to pull back when a
possible explosive was found in the home, Mancuso said.
What appeared to be a hand grenade was
found in the kitchen, Lake Charles Police Chief Keith Murray said.
Firefighters pulled back 200 feet and the Louisiana State Police bomb
squad was called in, Murray said.
The bomb squad removed the hand grenade
by remote means, then “rendered it safe,” state police Troop D
spokesman James Anderson said, but provided no further details.
Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that
the incident followed a domestic dispute, Mancuso said.
passerby saw Charles Russell bloody in the street and asked him if he
needed help, he requested the fire department be called, Mancuso
When Lake Charles firefighters arrived at the scene, they
found Charles Russell in the doorway, Fire Chief Keith Murray said.
A faint heartbeat was felt, and he was taken to a local hospital
where he died, Mancuso said.
Firefighters were first called at
Much of the single-story dwelling caved
in during the fire.
Murray said a large force of three
engines, two tankers and two ladder trucks went to the scene.