Mapleton, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the deaths of a married couple as an apparent murder-suicide.

A spokesman says deputies were dispatched to a rural home near Mapleton around 9 o’clock Friday night to deal with a report of a domestic altercation. Before they arrived at the scene, 57-year-old Timothy Moore called the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department and announced he had fatally shot his wife, 49-year-old Lori Moore. He also informed the dispatcher that he planned to end his own life.

When the deputies arrived at the scene, they found the couple dead from gunshot wounds. A statement from the Sheriff’s Department says the incident remains under investigation but preliminary findings indicate the evidence found at the scene was consistent with a murder-suicide.

Mapleton is located in south-central Minnesota, about 15-miles south of Mankato.

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