Two die in apparent murder-suicide, Wichita police say

08/01/2011 12:00 AM

08/02/2011 6:34 AM

They were thought to be going through an amicable divorce, but something prompted a 68-year-old man to shoot his wife and then turn a gun on himself Sunday night in southwest Wichita, a police official said Monday.

Leonard Nachbor called his son in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood sometime before 9:30 p.m., Lt. Ken Landwehr said.

"He said he had shot his wife and was going to shoot himself," Landwehr said the son told authorities.

The son called 911 and asked that police check on his father. When officers arrived at the house in the 4600 block of South Glenn in southwest Wichita, Landwehr said, they forced their way in through the back door and found 62-year-old Beverly Nachbor in a bedroom.

She had been killed with a shotgun, Landwehr said. Leonard Nachbor was found in another room, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Nachbor used a handgun to shoot himself, Landwehr said.

The couple had been married for six years, he said. There was no evidence anyone else had been in the house. Autopsies were performed on Monday to confirm how the couple died.

"We're not sure how many times she was shot," Landwehr said of the murder victim.

Beverly Nachbor's death is the 18th homicide of the year in Wichita, Landwehr said.

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