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Detectives identify man and woman dead after east-side murder-suicide

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jan 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-07 00:15:24-05

Homicide detectives are investigating a murder-suicide involving a man and a woman at the Canyon Creek apartment complex on Pantano Rd. near Broadway.

Tucson Police officers say the incident happened around 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning.

Police have identified the woman as 52-year-old Yolanda Eberts and the man as 48-year-old Bryant Smith.

Sgt. Pete Dugan with TPD said Eberts's family called the police to report finding the woman dead inside an apartment. A second call from the family indicated that the woman's boyfriend, Smith, was found unresponsive inside his car at the apartment complex.

When officers arrived at the complex, the found Smith in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers then went into the apartment and found Eberts with obvious signs of gunshot trauma. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation by the Tucson Police Homicide Unit revealed that Eberts and Smith were in a relationship and living together in the apartment where the shooting happened.

Police say it appears that Smith shot Ebert before taking his own life. Detectives are working to determine what led up to the shooting.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 88-CRIME, you may remain anonymous.