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Man suspected of shooting woman before turning gun on himself in Bayfield

Victim was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in critical condition

A man is suspected of shooting his wife before shooting himself Wednesday night in Bayfield.

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Law enforcement was notified of the incident about 8:11 p.m. when someone called 911 to report a man shot his wife in the 100 block of East North Street, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Bayfield Marshal’s Office.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find the suspect standing outside his front porch firing rounds into the air from a handgun, according to the release. As deputies approached and made contact with the man, he retreated inside the home, according to the release.

Deputies tried talking to the suspect and giving verbal commands for him to come outside. Then they saw him use the handgun to die by suicide.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female victim was inside the house with a gunshot wound, according to the release. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Bayfield Marshal Joseph McIntyre said the woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he declined to release any further information about the shooting pending the investigation.

Identities of the man and the woman were also not released, pending notification of next of kin.

shane@durangoherald.com

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