Man, woman killed in apparent murder-suicide

PEARLAND, Texas - In an apparent murder-suicide, a man and a woman were found shot to death Friday night at a home in Pearland.

Around 7:30, a witness reported a shooting in the 900 block of Maple Branch in Pearland.  The witness claimed to hear sounds of a verbal altercation in front of a home followed by the sounds of one gunshot, which was quickly followed by a second shot.  When police arrived at the scene, they found a man and a woman dead on the front porch of the house.

According to reports, after the couple argued, the woman started heading back into the house, and the man shot her with a handgun.  He then turned the gun on himself.  No one else was home at the time of the shooting.

Police said the couple was married.  The man was in his late 60s; the woman was in her late 30s.  Police confirmed they did recover a weapon at the scene and said the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide.

The names of the victims were not immediately released.

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