911 caller among 4 dead in Colo murder-suicide

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Dispatchers listened as a Colorado woman who called 911 to report a shooting was apparently killed as she begged for her life in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday.

She was among four people found dead at a home near Longmont, about 35 miles north of Denver, in what police are characterizing as a murder-suicide.

Emergency phone line operators heard the woman scream "no, no, no," cries that were followed by what sounded like a gunshot, Weld County sheriff's spokesman Tim Schwartz said. A man then picked up the phone and said he was going to kill himself before dispatchers heard what they believe was another shot fired, Schwartz said.

Authorities have not identified the victims or the man they suspect as the shooter. The dead included two men and two women. Police said they are convinced the gunman was among those killed.

There were no apparent survivors, Schwartz said.

It was unclear whether all four lived in the home, Schwartz said.

Investigators think they have uncovered a motive for the shootings, Schwartz said. He refused to release such details, however.

A handgun believed to be murder weapon was recovered.

As investigators searched the home, a woman slipped under the crime tape and ran toward the house. The unidentified woman was restrained by police, fell to the ground on her knees and began crying before being led away.

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