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Fatal double shooting in Simsbury ruled a murder-suicide

Police said the incident remains under investigation.

SIMSBURY, Conn. — The shooting deaths of a man and woman in Simsbury on Sunday afternoon were ruled a murder-suicide.

Linda Halligan, 57, and 59-year-old Bernard Halligan, Jr., were found dead in a home on Woodleigh Place after police responded at around 5:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Linda Halligan’s death a homicide from gunshot wounds. Bernard Halligan, Jr.’s death was ruled a suicide from gunshot wounds to the head.

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According to police, an 18-year-old woman witnessed the incident and left the home to go to a neighbor’s house and reported a shooting had taken place in her home.

When police arrived, they found Linda Halligan immediately inside the home. She was suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Officers found Bernard Halligan, Jr. inside the home and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It's a tragic, tragic situation," Simsbury Police Dept. Deputy Chief Christopher Davis said in a news update Sunday evening.

The incident remains under investigation.

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