Scottsdale Police investigate murder-suicide of husband and wife

Scottsdale Police are investigating after a shooting and barricade situation ended in a husband and wife being killed in a murder-suicide on  April 11, the department says.

The incident happened near 86th Street and Highland Avenue.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman who was shot. She was transported to an area hospital, where she later died.

"At the same time, it was learned that the male shooter, who is the victim’s husband, had gone back into the house," stated Kevin Watts of the Scottsdale Police Department.

Officers attempted to speak with the man for several hours with no success.

"At approximately 10:45 p.m., SWAT officers were able to make entry into the home where the male suspect was discovered deceased from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," said Watts.

The woman is 28-year-old Molly Elizabeth Lillard. The man is 36-year-old Royce Dale Lillard III.

An eight-month-old child was home at the time of the incident but wasn't harmed and is with family.

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)

CLICK HERE for the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. Call 1-800-273-TALK for free and confidential emotional support. 


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