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Murder-suicide investigation underway in Baxter County, Ark.

Kingsport Police report shooting with one known injury, investigation underway. /: (MGN)
Kingsport Police report shooting with one known injury, investigation underway. /: (MGN)(WVLT)
Published: Jul. 27, 2019 at 3:10 PM CDT
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Investigators in Baxter County, Ark., are investigating an apparent murder-suicide, Saturday morning.

The Baxter County Sheriff's office states that Lakeview Police Chief Dave Hotchkiss received a call at 8:44 a.m. from a man stating that his neighbor had sent him text message telling him to call the police. The text also stated that the house was open, and this was not a joke. Officers arrived on scene and found a man and woman deceased in bed together.

The bodies of 65 year old Joanna Deon Hammer, and 65 year old Brian David Hammer were identified. The scene showed no signs of a struggle. Crime scene investigators processed and collected evidence, and interviewed neighbors.

After the initial investigation, investigators believe the man shot his wife while she was in bed sleeping, then turned the gun on himself. A note was also found in the residence. A Walther 9mm semi-automatic pistol was also recovered, and is believed to be the weapon used.

The investigation is ongoing.