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Police investigate possible murder-suicide; man shot self in front of cops

LAWRENCEVILLE — Authorities believe a Lawrenceville man may have killed his wife before taking his own life in front of a responding police officer.

Gwinnett County police responded to “a panic alarm” call at 127 Resthaven Drive on Monday afternoon, the first officer arriving at about 2:10 p.m. and approaching the front door.

“An adult Asian male answered the door and nodded his head in response to the officer’s questions,” police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. “After a few seconds the male produced a handgun and committed suicide.”

The man did not attempt to engage the officer before shooting himself, Smith said. Authorities proceeded to check the residence and discovered an adult Asian female — believed to be the male’s wife — deceased inside from an apparent gunshot wound.

“The working theory right now is that they were a married couple, lived here together alone and this was very likely a murder-suicide,” Smith said. “Detectives are only in the very early stages of this investigation and the discovery of new facts could change this theory,” Smith said.

The victims were not immediately identified, pending notification of family members.

A neighbor, 12-year-old Kathy Duong, said she heard a gunshot Monday, and that she had seen the couple fighting on two or three previous occasions.

“The were fighting a lot,” she said. “They fight a lot, outside, and argue.”

— Staff writer Deanna Allen contributed to this story