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Helena Police: Estranged husband fatally shoots wife at birthday party

Posted at 10:05 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 19:49:24-05

HELENA – Helena Police say a shooting that left two people dead on the west side of town on Tuesday appears to be a murder-suicide.

Police responded to reports of a disturbance at a home on the 1100 block of Hauser Boulevard at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to a statement from authorities, a birthday party was underway at the home of the woman when her estranged husband arrived.

Authorities say the man was present for a short time before he produced a handgun and ordered everyone out of the home, including the children and other adults.

Investigators say the man then followed the woman into the front yard and fatally shot her before shooting himself.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Lewis and Clark County Coroner has not released the identity of the man or the woman.