CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide after two people were found dead inside a residence within the county.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 14, deputies were called to a home in the Belmont subdivision for a welfare check after receiving a call from a concerned family member. Upon their arrival, deputies found two people dead inside the residence. The two are confirmed to have been husband and wife.

Forensic investigators were called to the home to begin a thorough examination of the scene. According to authorities, preliminary findings indicate the deaths were the result of a domestic-related murder-suicide.

Investigators say it is believed the woman shot and killed her husband before taking her own life.

Police say the wife took a child to a family member’s house on the morning of the incident.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the family members affected by this sad and tragic event,” said Sheriff Scott Moser. “Out of respect for the deceased, and their surviving family members, no further information is being released at this time.”

The investigation remains ongoing and is pending examination from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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