Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Beech Grove

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (December 5, 2015) – Police in Beech Grove are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred on Friday.

Officers were dispatched to 79 S. 5th Avenue around 4:41 p.m. on December 4. Upon arrival, officers found a male and female deceased inside the residence.  Both had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.  Preliminary evidence showed that the male shot the female and then used the gun to shoot himself.

The male was identified as Shane G. Williams and the female was identified as Melissa Beckner.

According to investigators, Williams and Beckner had been in a relationship for approximately four years, but in the last six months the relationship had ended.  The incident occurred at Beckner’s new residence.

The Beech Grove Police had never previously responded to calls of domestic violence or harassment involving Beckner and Williams. Although the incident appears to be a murder-suicide the investigation is still ongoing.

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