Murder/suicide under investigation in Mountain Top

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader | August 12th, 2017 5:10 pm - updated: 8:51 pm.

FAIRVIEW TWP. — Two people were found dead in a Fairview Township residence as a result of a murder/suicide on Saturday morning, according to Police Chief Phil Holbrook.

Holbrook said the victims, who were “in their 50s or 60s” — one male and one female, a married couple — died from gunshot wounds, with the husband shooting his wife and then himself.

The home at 88 Kirby Ave. was flooded with police presence just after 10 a.m. when the incident was called in by an adult family member.

Wright Township and Fairview Township police departments and Pennsylvania State Police initiated the investigation.

Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman was on the scene shortly after police arrived, and the two bodies were removed from the home.

Lisman said the names of the deceased would not be released until Sunday.

According to Holbrook, the investigation is ongoing.

The scene of a murder suicide at 88 Kirby Ave. Mt.Top Saturday August 12 2017.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_ms1_faa.jpgThe scene of a murder suicide at 88 Kirby Ave. Mt.Top Saturday August 12 2017. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Fairview Township Chief of Police Phil Holbrook, center, leads a state police forsensic investigator into 88 Kirby Ave., the site of a murder/suicide, on Saturday.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_ms2_faa.jpgFairview Township Chief of Police Phil Holbrook, center, leads a state police forsensic investigator into 88 Kirby Ave., the site of a murder/suicide, on Saturday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Fairview Twp.Chief of Police Phil Holbrook (center) leads State Police Forsensic Investigator into the house on 88 Kirby Ave. Mt.Top where a murder suicide occurred Saturday August 12,2017 ----------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 8-12-17
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_ms2_faa-cmyk.jpgFairview Twp.Chief of Police Phil Holbrook (center) leads State Police Forsensic Investigator into the house on 88 Kirby Ave. Mt.Top where a murder suicide occurred Saturday August 12,2017 ----------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 8-12-17Fred Adams | for Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader

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