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Elderly couple dead in murder-suicide identified

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-05 19:29:48-04

SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have identified an elderly couple who died in an apparent murder-suicide at a physical rehabilitation center in Sun City West.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 89-year-old Mickie Artikuski shot his wife, 90-year-old Genevieve Artikuski, before turning the gun on himself.

They say Genevieve told her husband on Thursday that she was in severe pain and wanted to die. Mickie Artikuski returned to the rehab center later that day and shot his wife.

Deputies were called to the Sunwest Choice Rehab Care facility about 7:30 a.m. and two people were dead at the scene.