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Law enforcement is investigating a possible murder-suicide at a house fire on Dolphin Street. (Johnathan Manning / American Press)

Law enforcement is investigating a possible murder-suicide at a house fire on Dolphin Street. (Johnathan Manning / American Press)

Authorities release causes of death in apparent murder-suicide

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:25 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

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.

Posted By: LaShawn Avery On: 4/18/2014

Title: 2+2 does not =7

Why would someone bother setting fire if they were going to commit suicude? It seems someone covering up murder would set fire? This does not add up. Poor family 2 losses at once.

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