Murder-suicide leaves two dead in Providence Village (UPDATE)
Denton County Sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies of a man and woman who died from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide Monday in Providence Village, an incorporated community near Little Elm. The man is believed to be the shooter.
The names of the deceased are currently being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
“The main thing I want to get out there is there’s not a gunman on the loose or anything of that nature,” said Larry Kish, Denton County Sherriff’s Investigator, at the scene. “It does appear to be a murder-suicide situation.”
The bodies were found in a house in the 10200 block of Lakeview Drive in Providence during a welfare check at about 2:15 p.m. prompted when the woman did not show up for a scheduled meeting Monday morning. The caller who alerted police of the woman's absence told them they had helped the woman move out of a domestic disturbance situation and that while her car was in the driveway, no one answered the door. The caller also said a neighbor heard "thumps" and a door slamming between 4 and 6 a.m. that morning.
The woman had a son who is staying with family members.
Providence resident Phil Johnson said he heard what sounded like gunshots around dawn coming from the direction of the home: “I heard two shots, then a pause and then a third shot. Then nothing after that.”
Sherriff’s deputies made entry into the home and found the bodies of the man and woman in a bedroom. The bodies were later transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for further investigation.
The sheriff's department had responded to a domestic disturbance call from the now-deceased woman on Saturday at 11:40 a.m. She told police she was trying to move out of the house but her boyfriend, who she lived with, was preventing her from entering the house to retrieve her belongings. The responding officers reported that no assault had occurred and that both parties had separated to stay with friends until a later date, a release from the sheriff’s office stated.