Waco, Texas (KWKT) — Waco police officers are investigating a Wednesday night murder/suicide.
Authorities were called to 2000 block of Austin Avenue last night at approximately 8:00 pm on a questionable death. Responding officers were informed an individual found two persons deceased in an apartment. At this early point in the investigation it appears to be a murder/suicide. The involved individuals are a married couple and investigators believe their deaths were very recent.
A family member went to the apartment after not being able to contact 59-year-old Deborah Kay Sheppard or her husband, 60-year-old Michael Steve Sheppard. When the Sheppard’s did not answer the door the family member forced entry into the apartment finding both individuals and immediately notified police.
Justice of the Peace DeCluitt pronounced the individuals deceased and ordered an autopsy. Both individuals had gunshot wounds and a handgun was recovered at the scene. Detectives are waiting on autopsy results to assist in the sequence of events prior to the deaths.