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Scottsdale police investigating a suspected suicide case

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 09:28:22-04

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Scottsdale have released the names of a married couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide.

They say 36-year-old Royce Dale Lillard III is suspected of fatally shooting his wife and barricading himself in their Scottsdale home before turning a gun on himself. Police say the standoff began around 5 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to the couple’s home and found a woman later identified as 28-year-old Molly Elizabeth Lillard with gunshot wounds in front of the house.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Officers tried to make contact with the woman’s husband inside the home, but he didn’t respond. A SWAT team eventually made its way inside around 10:45 p.m. and found him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.