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Cops: Murder-suicide at Southgate gymnastics club

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Southgate — Police were called to the scene Monday of a popular Downriver gymnastics club in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.

According to Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs, police were called to Downriver Gymnastics on Eureka Road about 9:15 a.m. Monday after receiving an open 911 call. Children arrived Monday at the club to find the facility closed, according to WXYZ-TV (Ch. 7).

“An open 911 call is when no one is talking on the other end,” Coombs said.

“The dispatcher could hear what they thought was someone arguing on the other end of the phone. They dispatched officers and upon arrival they discovered the bodies of a male and female in what appears to be a murder-suicide.”

The female victim was an employee of the club. According to police, the two were the only people in the facility.

“The door was locked and the owner came down and opened it up,” Coombs said.

A handgun appeared to be used in the incident, police said.

Identification was withheld until notification of next of kin, they said.

The club offers classes for beginners, special needs children and those who compete in gymnastics. The club also features tumbling, cheer and Parkour, a natural method of training, the website says.

According to Coombs this is the first homicide in the city this year.


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