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Southfield — An estranged couple is dead after an apparent murder-suicide Monday afternoon, according to police.

Police said a 38-year-old man shot his 33-year-old wife multiple times before turning the gun on himself around 4:30 p.m. on the 22000 block of Poinciana.

“The weapon was located in the residence next to the male’s body,” said Deputy Chief Nick Loussia. “This investigation is still ongoing (but) we believe that this is a murder-suicide.”

Loussia said the couple was discovered by the woman’s friend.

“The woman asked her friend to come over (because) she was having problems with her estranged husband,” Loussia said. “When (the friend) arrived, she knocked on the door and the door was slightly ajar. When she opened it she could see her friend on the floor and she observed a lot of blood around her.”

The woman called police, who responded to the scene and found the female dead from multiple gunshot wounds, Loussia said. The male had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.

No one else was in the home at the time, according to police.

“We believe the wife was living in this home,” Loussia said. “We’re not sure if (the husband) was still living at home or not.”

Louissa said police are withholding the names of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.

No further details were available about the ongoing investigation.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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