Alcoa police: Husband, wife died of murder-suicide

ALCOA (WATE) – Alcoa police say they believe the shooting deaths of a husband and wife found dead in their home Wednesday morning are the result of a murder-suicide.

The incident happened around 7:23 a.m. Upon arrival, police found Ladonald Hodge, 55, and his wife Dawn, 46, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Police say autopsy results indicate it was a murder-suicide and it appears Dawn Hodge shot her husband and then turned the gun on herself. The investigation is ongoing.

“We never thought nothing like that would happen around here,” said Marvin Quarles, a neighbor.

Quarles said his daughter is best friends with the couple’s daughter. He said the husband and wife’s child is the one who found them dead in the home.

“Kinda hard me just standing this close to something that happened like that,” said Quarles.

It’s a situation no neighbor thought they would see on their street. Many said it’s now making them scared and uncomfortable.

“My heart goes out to the family,” said Quarles.


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