FAIRFIELD — A murder was followed by a suicide Thursday evening at a Tulip Street home.
Two of the children of the assailant and victim were at the home at the time of the shootings. Another sibling was arriving at the home at around 6:45 p.m. with a friend when he heard gunshots from inside the home and called 911, police said.
Police were unsure if the couple were living together at the home with the children, who were 17 to 20 years old.
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The first officers to arrive at the crime scene removed the three distraught children from the home before paramedics arrived. It was quickly apparent that the gurneys and medical gear positioned just outside the front door of the home would not be needed.
Relatives who showed up at the scene of the shootings said the couple had a long strained relationship that had recently worsened.
The first officers on the scene were concerned about someone who left the home shortly after the shootings but before police arrived. Those concerns were resolved with police saying there was no need for concern that the outburst of deadly violence would extend outside the home.
Police declined to identify the names of the deceased.
Interviews with family members were expected to take several hours and a careful search of the home was expected to go well into the night, according to Lt. Greg Hurlbut of the Fairfield Police Department.
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