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Husband, wife dead in murder-suicide east of Nooksack

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Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick speaks to media regarding an apparent murder-suicide on Sebens Court on Wednesday, June 10, near Everson, Washington. Evan Abell | The Bellingham Herald
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Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick speaks to media regarding an apparent murder-suicide on Sebens Court on Wednesday, June 10, near Everson, Washington. Evan Abell | The Bellingham Herald

A man shot his wife then turned the shotgun on himself Wednesday evening, June 10, at a mobile home east of Nooksack, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Bryan F. Roy, 51, shot his wife shortly after 6 p.m. as she was trying to leave in a truck from the 8200 block of Sebens Court, said Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick.

The woman, whom Chadwick declined to identify, was critically injured. She still had vital signs when an ambulance reached the scene, but she succumbed to her injuries shortly thereafter.

Roy’s body was found near the doorway of the mobile home on Sebens Court, a rural road in a remote area east of North Telegraph Road.

A .410-bore shotgun was found at the scene, Chadwick said. Two rounds had been fired.

A family member reported the shooting, Chadwick said. According to the initial radio dispatch, a child called to report her father shot her mother. The child was not injured, and nobody else was home.

“At this point we’re trying to be respectful of the family, so that we can try to notify all the next of kin,” Chadwick said. “Again, they’re dealing with a difficult situation, because unfortunately, we’ve got some children who are without parents.”

In 2005, Roy’s then-wife got a protection order against him in Whatcom County Superior Court. In court documents, she wrote that he gave her a black eye, smashed cabinets in their home with a hammer, shot four dogs in the head in front of a daughter, whipped the children with a belt for not having the house clean and once pointed a sawed-off shotgun at her while while she was holding two babies. He also threatened to kill himself.

“Things are escalating,” she wrote. “He is unpredictable and we are always walking on eggshells.”

The order barred Roy from contact with her or several of their children.

It was unclear Wednesday night if the woman who sought the order is the same woman who was killed.

The Whatcom Humane Society was called in to collect pets at the property.

Sheriff’s deputies continued to investigate into the night. So far, Chadwick said, they do not know the motive.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog and follow him on Twitter at @bhamcaleb.

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