Two found dead in Gautier home in apparent murder-suicide, police say

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Gautier Police used social media Monday to ask people to stay away from Pat Drive while they investigate what appears to be murder-suicide Monday afternoon.

The post made it clear that there was no risk to the public.

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd said two people were found dead.

Gautier Police Chief David Bever said an officer responded to a call for a welfare concern at a house in the 1700 block of Pat Drive, which is near the Gautier Middle School.

The officer rang the doorbell, then heard a gunshot and called for additional units.

Officers forced their way into the home and found a 55 year old man who died of an apparent self-inflicted wound from a handgun.

A 56 year old woman, who police said had been dead for some time, was found in another room.

The identification of the two who died is waiting on notification of next of kin, Bever said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gautier Police at 228-497-2486