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Officers hear gunshots, enter home to find couple dead in murder-suicide

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Officers responded to a call of a domestic dispute at a home in Gwinnett County Saturday night. But they were a few seconds too late to prevent the double tragedy that occurred inside.

Shortly after 9 p.m., officers responded to a home in the 2800 block of Mossy Creek Drive near Stone Mountain after getting a report of a domestic dispute, according to Gwinnett County police.

The officers had been told that a man and woman inside of the residence were involved in a verbal altercation and the caller was concerned for the safety of the woman, police spokesman Sgt. Troy Tobler said. He did not say who called police.

Just as officers arrived on the scene, they heard gunshots coming from inside the home and tactical measures were taken by the officers, including the activation of the SWAT team, Tobler said. The first responders entered the home and found the bodies of the man and woman, he said. He did not say where in the home the bodies were found.

Officers applied for a search warrant and homicide detectives were called in to investigate the deaths, Tobler said.

“Although the investigation is continuing, the case is being treated as a murder-suicide and no additional suspects are believed to be involved,” Tobler said.

So far, police have not released the names of the deceased or their relationship. It’s also unclear what prompted the dispute and if officers have ever responded to the home before.

Police said have not released any details on how many people were inside the home at the time of the incident, but they said no children were present.

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