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RCMP say Kindersley deaths were result of murder-suicide
SASKATOON -- The two people found dead Thursday in Kindersley were husband and wife and police believe their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.
David Gartner, 66, shot his 64-year-old wife, Elsie Gartner, RCMP say. The Kindersley couple was going through a divorce.
Autopsies are being conducted by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service today, RCMP said in a news release.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Kindersley RCMP received a report of shots fired inside a home in the 1000 block of First Street West.
One person fled and called police. Officers were immediately deployed to the scene, RCMP say.
It was couple's adult daughter who made the call, according to RCMP.
Kindersley RCMP and officers from surrounding detachments immediately responded. Initial efforts were focused on securing the home where the shooting happened and ensuring the safety of residents in the surrounding area, RCMP say.
Officers also set up a larger perimeter to keep people away from the area and safe from any potential threat.
At that time, the status of the suspect was unknown, RCMP say.
Officers made several attempts to contact the suspect, but there was no response.
Police also worked to locate and secure immediate family members to inform them of the unfolding situation and ensure their safety.