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Husband, wife identified in apparent murder-suicide

Holly Fournier and Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Southgate — A husband and wife who died Monday in an apparent murder-suicide at a Downriver gymnastics club have been identified, according to police.

Police said it appears Paul Schirrick, 53, shot his wife, Wendy Schirrick, 54, before turning the gun on himself in an office area of Downriver Gymnastics on Eureka.

“They were involved in divorce proceedings and Dearborn police had been to their home on several domestic complaints,” Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said Tuesday.

Coombs said it is not known if there were any arrests in connection with the complaints.

Officers were called to the club about 9:15 a.m. Monday after receiving an open 911 call, said Coombs. Children arrived Monday at the club to find the facility closed.

“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.”

A handgun appeared to be used in the incident, police said. The two were the only people inside the facility.

“The door was locked and the owner came down and opened it up,” Coombs 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. Michigan State Police processed the scene before handing the investigation over to Southgate.

“That’s something that they do pretty regularly, and we want to make sure all that stuff is recorded properly,” Coombs said of processing the scene. “Our detectives are dealing with the investigation.”

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