A woman and man found in a burning house Monday both had gunshots to
the head in what was an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.
Calcasiue Parish Coroner, Dr. Terry Welke, found that Sandra G.
Russell, 69, died from the gunshot and smoke inhalation, Kim Myers,
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said in a new release.
Charles Russell, 65, died from a self-infliced gunshot to the head, Myers said.
"The investigation revealed Mr. Russell shot Mrs. Russell inside of
the house, set the house on fire, then went into the front yard and
committed suicide," Myers said.
Charles Russell was reportedly found in the door way of the couple's
home at 7435 Elliott Road. Sandra Elliott was found in the back part of
the house, but authorities could not reach her because a hand grenade
was found in the kitchen.