Man shoots wife, himself at Northern Calif. retirement home

Feb 28, 2015 11:06 AM by News Staff

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) - Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide of a husband and wife at a retirement home in northern California.

Novato police Sgt. Michael Howard tell the Marin Independent Journal an 88-year-old man apparently shot his wife to death Friday at her Novato care home before killing himself.

Authorities have identified the couple as Walter and Betty Benson. She was 87.

Howard says police found the Bensons dead of gunshot wounds in the same bed, and the weapon was in the room.

Police released no other details and said the investigation is continuing.

The retirement home, Atria Tamalpais Creek, released a statement saying Walter Benson was not a resident there.

The home offers assisted-living services and has about 96 residents.

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