Springfield police investigate possible murder-suicide

The Springfield Police Department is investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred in the 600 block of west Walnut on Saturday.

Springfield Police Department spokesperson Jasmine Bailey says police received a call of a man that had shot a woman in an apartment just before 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the man, but he refused to speak with officers or exit the apartment, leading to an hours long stand-off. The department's Special Response Team entered the apartment and found two bodies inside, both with apparent gunshot wounds.

The two individuals were identified as Jacqueline L. Steinert, 52, of Springfield and Matthew T. Stephens, 53, of Springfield. Next-of-kin for both parties have been contacted. Springfield police do not believe there is a threat to the community at this time.