Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

Monday, March 11, 2013

Investigators found a husband and wife shot to death inside a home in an apparent murder-suicide overnight, but it's still not clear who pulled the trigger.

It happened around 11pm at a home in the 1000 block of Defender. Police say they got a call about two people who were inside the home deceased.

Houston police say the female victim, identified as Lashandra Washington, 34, and the suspect, Sharman Ford, 33, suffered gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators, the two appear to be husband and wife.

The couple has six children together. The ages of the children range from 6 to about 15 years old. Police are not saying whether or not any or all of those children were present during the shooting or whether or not they saw anything.

"Several residents inside the home contacted 911 in regards to two people inside of the residence being deceased," said Detective Kim Meek with the Houston Police Department Homicide Division. "All indicators right now are leading to a murder-suicide."

Police say the investigation is continuing.

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