Tuesday, September 11, 2012

South Hutchinson, KS: South Hutchinson authorities release names in murder-suicide case

South Hutchinson Police have released the names of the husband and wife who were found dead over the weekend in an apparent murder-suicide. South Hutchinson Police Chief Scott Jones said in a news release that at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers and Reno County Sheriff's deputies responded to the reports of shots being fired at a home at 229 East Avenue C in South Hutchinson.

When law enforcement arrived, they found the bodies of 42 year-old Paul B. Cooper and 41 year-old Sarah j. Cooper inside. Their deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide.

An investigation discovered that the couple had been arguing into the early morning hours. Chief Jones said Paul Cooper eventually brought out a high-powered rifle and shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.

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