UPDATE: Michigan City man, wife dead in murder-suicide

By: Megan Hickey, Associated Press Email
By: Megan Hickey, Associated Press Email
A Michigan City man and his wife have been found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide, officials say.

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. A Michigan City man and his wife have been found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide, which continued to unfold while dispatchers were still on the line.

A 911 call came in at 11:44 a.m. ET saying a person was shot inside a home at 913 Cooper Street.

The Michigan City Police Department says 63-year-old Raymond Anthony Richardson and 61-year-old Carrie Richardson were found dead Sunday in their home.

Police say in a news release that "evidence at the scene indicated that this was a murder-suicide and no one else was at home at the time of the incident."

LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan told Newcenter16 that the violent event continued to unfold after Richardson called 911 to alert police that his wife had been shot.

"When dispatchers from 911 asked him if he knew who did the shooting, then the gentleman unfortunately took his own life while on the phone with dispatchers," Sullivan said.

A detective has been assigned to the case and is asking for information from anyone who may have had contact with the couple in the last few days.

"We're seeing an upswing in this kind of domestic violence," Sullivan said. "And we may never know what sparked this because they're both gone."

Next of kin has been notified and funeral arrangements are pending at the Coleman & Hicks Funeral Home in Michigan City.

"The whole law enforcement community sure give our thoughts and prayers to the family on this because we hope this isn't a sign of how the summer of 2014 is going to go," Sullivan said.

The latest deaths follow the shooting death of a 24-year-old woman Friday in the city about 25 miles east of Gary. Police have charged a 20-year-old man with felony murder in connection with her death.

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