October 28, 2010

Post Falls couple shot to death

By The Spokesman-Review

Police confirmed that two people found dead inside a Post Falls home this evening each died of a gunshot wound to the head.

An adult woman was found with a single gunshot wound in the front of her head around 5:15 p.m. She was slumped up against the front door, with a cell phone in her hand, said Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug. The man had a similar wound, and was found in a hallway a few feet away. A Glock handgun was on the scene.

There was no sign of an intruder or forced entry to the rental home at 509 E. 11th St., but police are not calling it a murder/suicide, Haug said.

“We are not looking for any other suspects,” he said. “The evidence right now shows us it all happened inside the house. There is no indication there was anyone else involved.”

The man and woman have not yet been positively identified because their bodies are badly decomposed. The tenants of the home were known to be boyfriend and girlfriend, and a neighbor said they had lived there several years.

Police have not yet checked cell phone records to see the last call made from the phone the woman was holding.

Haug said that neighbors last saw the home’s residents 8 to 10 days ago.

“Based on when the neighbors last saw them and the smell that’s inside the house, I’d venture to guess they’ve been in there awhile,” he said.

The residents’ landlord had come to post an eviction notice at the home about a week ago. When he did not hear from the tenants, he returned to the house and tried to enter but saw a body blocking the door and called police.

Haug said police had been called to the home for domestic disputes twice, in July 2008 and again this past March. There were no arrests stemming from those calls, although the female resident was cited for drug charges after the 2008 call, he said.

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