The couple found dead at a home in northwest Spokane on Tuesday died in a suicide and homicide, officials confirmed.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner determined that the woman who owned the home, Jennifer A. Miller Kingstro, 48, was a homicide victim.
She died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the medical examiner said Wednesday.
The medical examiner said a second body found inside the home, 2807 W. Upton Ave., is Paul A. Kingstro, 45. He died of a gunshot wound to the head; his death was ruled a suicide.
Attempts made to reach Spokane police spokewsoman Officer Teresa Fuller were unsuccessful. Police have not said if they believe Paul Kingstro killed his wife.
Jennifer lived in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood near Audubon Park. Neighbors expressed horror at the deaths.
“It shatters my inner-being,” said Shelly Aase, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. “I’m in shock. I just can’t get my head around it.”
Aase said Jennifer was quiet and kept to herself, although she was friendly. She moved to the neighborhood about 10 years ago. Although Aase didn’t know Paul well, she said that the couple dated 25 years ago and recently reconnected. According to their Facebook pages, they married on Oct. 15.
Aase said she started seeing Paul at the house in February. Paul was religious, according to Aase. They married in Hawaii.
Tahnee Argentino also lives in the neighborhood and is baffled by the killings.
“Neither one of them showed signs of trouble in paradise, ever,” she said. “They were awesome.”
Argentino described Paul as an outgoing, kind and caring man who looked out for his neighbors. She said he was very protective of Argentino’s two children and would report anything suspicious he saw in the neighborhood. When Argentino saw Paul and Jennifer together they appeared happy – smiling and often holding hands.
“ Something had to have happened to make him snap,” Argentino said. “ Deep down he really was a good person.”
Paul owned his own company, P King Transportation. On Wednesday night his truck sat in front of the home hitched to a loaded trailer. According to Aase he was supposed to drive to Portland on Monday.
Spokane police found the bodies around 4 p.m. after one of Jennifer Kingstro’s co-workers asked officers to check because she hadn’t been at work for several days. Aase said Kingstro worked at Providence Health and that Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service took the couple’s malamute.
A gun was found at the scene, Capt. Eric Olsen said Tuesday.
“She was a very level-headed person,” Aase said. “She just had a lot going for herself.”
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