Autopsies are scheduled for Monday in the deaths of a man and woman in New Hampshire in what police say appears to be a murder-suicide.
Police in Nashua, New Hampshire, say a man likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he killed his longtime girlfriend. Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a deceased female on the Baldwin Street Bridge in Nashua. Investigators say she appears to be a homicide victim.
Shortly after the discovery of the body, police responded to a residence at 1 Hutchinson St. in Nashua. According to police, the man was inside the residence, alone, with multiple firearms. After a standoff, the Nashua SWAT team entered the home and found the man deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"It's a quiet neighborhood," said neighbor Scott Michaelwicz. "There's never any trouble."
The couple had been out earlier in the evening with friends, but those friends became suspicious when they returned to the house.
"They became concerned when the female wasn't there and the male was there," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin. "When they saw him, saw his appearance and based on some of the things he said, they became concerned he had done something to her."
He then pulled out a gun, according to investigators. The friends got away and alerted police. Then, a tense standoff with officers lasted through the night.
"This morning, about 6 o'clock, we woke up to some loud bangs," said Michaelwicz.
No officers fired their weapons during the incident; however, officers used tear gas. Some nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as public safety concerns grew.
The couple was not married, but the man and woman each had grown children. The entire ordeal was a shock to those who knew them.
The names of those involved are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.