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Police investigate murder-suicide in Durham

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Two people are dead after a murder-suicide shooting in Durham Wednesday afternoon.

It happened in the parking lot of the Duke Forest Place business complex in the 3300 block of Chapel Hill Boulevard around 3:15 p.m.

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The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Millicent Lavon Blair-Arnett and 45-year-old Anthony Carl Arnett. Police said they had been married to each other and divorced a few years ago. They had two children together.

Court documents revealed Blair-Arnett took out a protective order against her ex-husband over alleged domestic violence.

When police arrived, they found Millicent Blair-Arnett lying in the parking lot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anthony Arnett shot himself as officers arrived on the scene. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Blair-Arnett worked as a speech pathologist in the building where she was shot.

Arnett's mother told ABC11 that she believes her son just "snapped." The couple had been involved in a custody battle for five years. Arnett apparently filed new paperwork on Tuesday alleging his ex-wife had been sabotaging their custody agreement.

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