UPDATE: Coloma double shooting ruled attempted murder, suicide

By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 staff Email

COLOMA, Mich. Officials have ruled that the double shooting in Coloma Tuesday morning was both an attempted murder and a suicide.

The shooting left 46-year-old Richard Merchant dead and 44-year-old Carey Burgess-Wagnon injured in a house the two shared on Leedy Street.

According to Burgess-Wagnon, Merchant woke her up that morning and accusing her of having an affair.

She believes Merchant must have been high on meth when he started shooting and shouting at imaginary things.

Police say, after shooting Burgess-Wagnon in the hip, Merchant then shot himself in the head, ending his life.

Police found Merchant's body in an upstairs hallway. He suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burgess-Wagnon was found at the top of a stairway. She had a gunshot wound at the top of the leg but was still alive.

No one else was in the home at the time of the shooting.

Police recovered two handguns, shell casings and bullets from the home associated with the shooting.

The weapons were registered to Carey Burgess. Burgess and Merchant had been living together at the home for approximately one year.


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