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Shooting Deaths of Simsbury Couple Ruled a Murder-Suicide

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A man and woman found dead in a Simsbury home Sunday died in a murder-suicide, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Officers received a call about a reported shooting at a home on Woodleigh Place in the Weatogue section of town around 5:20 p.m.

Deputy Chief Chris Davis said a family member inside the home ran to a neighbor's house after the shooting occurred.

When officials arrived at the scene, they said they found 57-year-old Linda Halligan suffering from a gunshot wound inside the home. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

Officers began looking for a second person involved and they sent an alert to neighbors to stay inside while SWAT was called in.

Eventually, investigators said 59-year-old Bernard Halligan Jr., who also lived in the home, was found dead in the garage.

The medical examiner ruled Linda Halligan's death was a homicide. Bernard Halligan Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the medical examiner.

“It’s a very safe community. It’s a beautiful community. Obviously these types of incidents can happen everywhere. It unfortunately happened here tonight. I said it’s a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of everyone involved," Davis said.

The other person inside the home at the time of the shooting was an 18-year-old girl. Officials emphasized that she is now safe.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 860-658-3145.

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