Police: Woman fights for life after husband shoots her, kills himself

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is dead in what officers are calling an attempted murder-suicide after crews surrounded a Dayton home and called SWAT.

Officers were initially called to a home in the 700 block of Hodapp Avenue in Dayton after 10 a.m. Saturday for a welfare check on a woman who lived there.

When police arrived, they knocked on the door but no one answered. Officers then heard three shots coming from the home. Police again tried to make contact with the people inside. When they couldn’t, they called in SWAT and hostage negotiators for back up and evacuated the neighborhood. Police asked neighbors to leave their homes or to go to their basements and stay away from windows and doors.

SWAT eventually entered the home where they rescued a woman with at least one gunshot wound. They also found a 45-year-old man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Montgomery County Coroner has identified that man as Dustin Leonard.

It is not clear how many times the female victim had been shot. She was taken by medic to Miami Valley Hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown.

Officers also found a semi-automatic handgun inside the home.

Police have not released the names of the victims, but said the two were married. Officers said the woman had a temporary protection order against the man.

Police said they had been called to the home before. On March 22, they responded to a domestic violence incident involving the man. On April 6, there was a violation of a temporary protection order.

Police are interviewing family members to gather more information.

No one else was at home at the time. Two children, belonging to the woman, were with their father at the time the incident occurred.

Detectives are still investigating the incident.

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