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Police investigate Boyle County murder-suicide

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Still a lot of unanswered questions this mid-day, after a Kentucky couple is found dead in their home.

Officers were called to South 4th Street in Danville last night, where they found the bodies of Sharon and Thomas Douglas.

Police say it's an apparent murder-suicide, but they're not sure what led to the tragic incident.

Thomas and Sharon Douglass were both 49 years old, and their friends say they never saw something like this happening.

Police were called to the home on fourth street in Danville ... after a family member found the couple shot to death inside.

"Both had single gunshot wounds, that were quite obviously the cause of death," says Danville Police Chief Jay Newell.

Police say it appears Thomas Douglas's gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Friends of the couple say it is hard to believe that such a thing could have happened.

"I'm in shock. I didn't expect this. I kind of knew she had troubles, and she had been wanting to straighten things out. And then i thought she had, and everything was fine," says Gerri Sims, a family friend.

Others agree, saying while Sharon and Thomas were working out some problems, they did not expect this type of tragedy.

"I don't know what the issues were. Sharon never mentioned anything. I don't know what could have driven it, but I never thought this would have happened, not the way those two seemed to get along," says Duane Cox, a family friend.

They both operated businesses out of their home. Sharon owned The Hair Studio, and Thomas owned Douglas Towing.

Police are still investigating, but say for now, it appears a murder suicide.

"If we find any evidence that changes our opinion of that, we would change our investigation, but right now it seems pretty clear," Newell says.

We're told that Sharon Douglas leaves behind two daughters, and friends also say Thomas Douglas had two children as well.

Police also tell 27 NEWSFIRST that the couple had a history of domestic violence, and Sharon Douglas had a protective order against her husband. They are waiting on up-to-date court records for their investigation.


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