Europe 1 with AFP 11:45 a.m., May 21, 2022

Two people, aged 60, were found shot dead in Indre-et-Loire, in what appears to be a femicide followed by suicide, according to the Tours prosecutor's office.

According to the first elements of the investigation, the man may have fired a gun at his companion.

A woman and a man, both aged 60, were found dead by bullets in Bossay-sur-Claise (Indre-et-Loire), in what appears to be a feminicide followed by a suicide, indicated Saturday the parquet floor of Tours.

On Friday morning, gendarmes went to the home of a couple residing in this town of 800 inhabitants, "their respective employers being concerned about their absence", said the public prosecutor of Tours Grégoire Dulin in a press release.

No criminal record

In the house, "they discovered in the basement the lifeless bodies of a woman who had been shot in the right flank and a man with a bullet wound in the head".

"According to the first elements of the investigation, which will have to be confirmed, the 60-year-old man may have shot his companion, aged the same age, with a gun as she was about to go to her place of work around 5:40 a.m.".

"He would then have killed himself a few minutes later in a room located in the basement of the house", according to the prosecutor, specifying that the findings continued on Saturday and that many hearings were in progress to "confirm the first elements collected".

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A judicial investigation of the head of spousal homicide has been opened by the Tours prosecutor's office and the continuation of the investigations is entrusted to the Research Brigade (BR) of the Loches gendarmerie.

The main suspect had no criminal record.

The autopsies will take place on Monday at the Tours forensic institute.

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