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UPDATE: Coroner releases victim identities from murder-suicide south of Boise

Ada County Sheriff
Ada County Sheriff
Kuna Mora Road
Posted at 10:32 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 16:50:07-05

UPDATE 2/3: The Ada County Coroner released the identities of the victims of the murder-suicide south of Boise Tuesday.

Russell L. Morris Jr., 51 of Kuna, and Denise K. Morris, 50 of Kuna, were both pronounced dead at the scene of a Kuna residence. The coroner determined gunshot wound was the cause of death of both, but the manner of death is still pending.

Ada County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incidence.

UPDATE 2/2: The Ada County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the fatal shooting south of Boise as a murder-suicide.

After beginning an investigation around 8 a.m. Tuesday, deputies found evidence the man and woman had an argument outside of the home near 8 p.m. Monday, according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office. Deputies collected evidence from the home, flew a drone over the property and did several interviews that pointed to murder-suicide, deputies say.

Identities of the two involved are expected to be released after an autopsy is done Wednesday to determine the exact cause and manner of death, according to ACSO.

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The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a fatal shooting outside a home near Pleasant Valley and Kuna Mora roads. According to a tweet by ACSO, a man and woman were found dead there early Tuesday morning.

"A school bus driver was picking up some kids this morning, saw what looked like a male and a female down on the ground," said Sgt. Matt Navest, Ada County Sheriff's Office. "It appeared they had been shot and there was a gun lying next to them."

It is not immediately clear what circumstances led to the shooting and the two deceased people have not yet been identified. Investigators say there is no current threat to public safety.

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