Two relatives dead in related murder-suicide in Brooksville

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According to the Hernando County deputies said two people died in Brooksville during the overnight hours in a suspected murder-suicide.

At about 12:20 a.m. Thursday on Ford Dade Avenue near Cobb Road. Deputies reported to the scene and located two men lying in the roadway, with gunshot wounds. Medics arrived and pronounced them dead on the scene.

Investigators said a firearm was located in the road, a few feet away from one of the bodies.

Preliminary investigation shows the men are related to each other and “have had a very close relationship and would disagree on occasion, but would reconcile within days. Recently, the disagreements became more frequent.”

Prior to the shooting, after most of the relatives went to sleep, the victim and suspect were heard arguing, deputies said.

“As this was not uncommon, family members were not alarmed,” according to a statement by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. “Within minutes, family members heard gunshots and rushed outside to check on them.”

The family found the men in the roadway, and one of the relatives called 911.

Based on preliminary evidence, deputies said the argument between the two escalated. The suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim. Then, the suspect turned the gun on himself.

Autopsy results are still pending.

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