ESSEX, Conn. — Connecticut State Police have classified the deaths of an Essex couple as a murder-suicide.

Police say Susan Barron and her husband, Joseph Reifer, died of gunshot wounds. Police say Barron’s death was a homicide and Reifer died of self-inflicted wounds.

Troopers found their bodies Tuesday after conducting a well-being check at their home.

Both Barron and Reifer were 72-years-old. Police say Reifer would have turned 73 on Thursday.