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Video: Killing of Michigan Deputy and Wife Appears to be Murder-Suicide

June 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Killing of Michigan Deputy and Wife Appears to be Murder-Suicide

The Calhoun County (MI) Sheriff's Department says the weekend shooting deaths of a deputy and his wife have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Officials say Mark and Hope Elferdink were found dead Sunday morning in the backyard of their home on McAllister Road in Emmett Township. The couple's 12-year-old son called 911 at 7:51 a.m. after finding them dead, officials said Sunday.

During a press conference Monday, investigators said that Deputy Mark Elferdink shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, reports WXMI.

Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said Deputy Elferdink served with the sheriff's office for 18 years.

"The Sheriff's Office is greatly saddened for the family and will do everything we can to assist after this tragedy," Saxton said. "We are offering employee assistance to any and all of our employees as this is a devastating loss." He added they are also hurting for the kids left behind.

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kevcopAz @ 6/7/2016 4:51 PM

Another senseless couple of deaths. I know one is rarely in a sane state of mind when committing suicide, but this needs to be said even though this was a brother officer, perhaps needs to be said more. I have investigated hundreds of suicides in my time. The senselessness is overwleming. I could understand the pain these folks must feel, but why do you have to take an innocent life? Then allow your young child to find your bodies? If you are a a point in your life that you can no longer go on please consider those who will be left once you are gone from their lives. The pain that you will cause to those that care for you is enormous. I realized after investigating so many suicides that it is so sad that someone is in that deep a depression, but the act itself is tremendously self centered and does not consider the rippling effect of your actions. If you can't go on, then take the step but do not take any innocent lives with you and consider who might find your body. Cold but true.

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