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Lake County officers investigating possible homicide-suicide

January 19, 2022 GMT

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in northwestern Montana are investigating an apparent homicide-suicide near the town of Big Arm, Lake County Sheriff Donald R. Bell said Wednesday.

Officers responding to a 911 call just before 4:30 a.m. found a woman who had been shot to death and another person who had been shot, but was still showing signs of life, Bell said in a statement.

That person died after being taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The initial investigation determined the deaths are likely a homicide-suicide. The bodies have been taken to the state crime lab in Missoula for autopsy.

The names of the deceased were being withheld until family members could be notified, Bell said.

A dog was also shot and killed at the residence, he said.