Husband, wife dead after apparent murder-suicide in Phoenix

Police say they are investigating a murder-suicide stemming from a domestic violence situation between a married couple in north Phoenix.

Phoenix Police say they received a 911 call just before 4 a.m. on May 28 from a man who said he had just shot his wife at a home near 40th and Cholla Streets.

"As operators tried to get information from him, they heard another gunshot," Sgt. Vincent Cole said.

When officers arrived at the home, they found 80-year-old Williams Potts and his 80-year-old wife, Susan, with gunshot wounds.

Susan died at the scene and William was taken to a hospital where he later died. Two dogs were also found dead at the home. 

The motive for the shootings is unknown at this time.

If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line).

Help is available for those who are victims of domestic violence. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-787-3224). You can also text START to 88788.

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