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Police: Husband shoots wife, kills himself at Warren gas station

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 13, 2020


WARREN — Police confirmed that the deaths of a couple inside of a car in a gas station parking lot at Hoover and Nine Mile roads on Oct. 10 was an apparent murder-suicide.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said first responders were summoned to the Sunoco gas station at about 11 p.m., where officers found two people with gunshot wounds inside of a white Nissan. They were later identified as a husband and wife. The man was 43; the woman, 52.

“They were going through a divorce. A handgun was found resting on the male decedent’s lap with his hands on it,” Dwyer said. “Both subjects were critical but alive at the time. They were transported to (Ascension) St. John Moross. Both were pronounced dead on arrival.”

Dwyer said a review of the gas station’s surveillance video showed the couple arrived in separate vehicles and began conversing in the parking lot before they got in the white Nissan, where they sat for about an hour.

“By reviewing the video, you can see a puff of smoke appeared as the sunroof of the Nissan shattered. No one had approached the Nissan,” Dwyer said.

The investigation revealed the woman was shot three times, including once in the head. The man then apparently shot himself in the head.

The couple reportedly lived in Hazel Park, where Dwyer said there had been several reports of domestic violence at the home.

“The hearts and prayers of the Warren Police Department and myself go out to family members, especially the children, who suffered the loss of their father and mother,” Dwyer said.