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Woman, estranged husband dead after possible murder-suicide

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UNION COUNTY — Deputies of the Union County Sheriff's Offce are investigating a possible murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a woman and her estranged husband Friday.

Authorities believe the husband, whose name they have not released publicly, shot and killed his 51-year-old wife earlier in the day, before taking his own life.

After a nearly five-hour standoff, a robot was sent into the couple’s home near the intersection of Smart-Cole and Brown roads just before 9:30 p.m.,  according to Columbus Dispatch reports. The 56-year-old man was found inside, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The incident began when a passerby saw the woman’s body lying in a ditch about 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of Smart-Cole and Brown roads and called 911, Dispatch reports said. Another passerby stopped and reported seeing a man walk away from the scene and to a nearby house where, authorities later said, the couple had lived together until a week ago, when the wife had moved out.

Deputies converged on the scene, shut down the area, and evacuated several homes prior to the standoff.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, located near the Union-Delaware County line, by the Union County Coroner.

Authorities had been in no hurry to force their way inside the home. They knew the couple’s three children were safe and accounted for and there were no hostages.

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