Murder-suicides leave four dead in two Arkansas counties

Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Calhoun County, reports the Associated Press. The Calhoun County coroner says 40-year-old Rhonda Jean Tacker died after she was shot at least four times in the chest and torso.

Authorities found Tacker’s body at a home in Hampton on Saturday. There, authorities also discovered the body of Tacker’s ex-husband, 53-year-old Dennis Marshall Queen. The coroner says Queen died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Coroner Johnnie Davis tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Tacker told an acquaintance she was going to her ex-husband’s home to confront him about something he had posted on Facebook. The coroner says police were called to the scene after a neighbor saw a puddle of blood coming out of the house’s door.

In Bryant, police say two people are dead in a suspected murder-suicide that happened in the parking lot of a hospice center, the AP reports. Sgt. Todd Crowson tells Little Rock television station KTHV that the shootings happened outside of Saline Memorial Hospice House shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

Bryant police say a woman who worked as a nurse at the hospice was found shot to death in a car. Authorities say the suspect is her ex-boyfriend, who was also found shot to death at the scene. Police say the woman had obtained a restraining order in Lonoke County against the ex-boyfriend.

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