TEMPLE, Maine — Law enforcement officials say the shooting deaths of a husband and wife in Temple, Maine, have been ruled a murder-suicide.

The state medical examiner’s office reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Thomas Masse and 59-year-old Michelle Masse both died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say they received a 911 call Tuesday morning from Thomas Masse, who was threatening to shoot himself. They say efforts by first responders and tactical team negotiators to communicate with the couple were not successful. The bodies were found in separate rooms in the home.

State Police say Thomas Masse killed his wife, whose body was found in a bathtub, before killing himself. His body was found in a living room chair with a handgun by his side.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.