Estranged husband and wife dead in apparent murder-suicide in Allegany Co.

Allegany Co. Apparent Murder-Suicide

CRESAPTOWN, MD (WBFF) -- Maryland State Police is investigating the apparent murder-suicide of an estranged Allegany County couple Thursday afternoon.

Investigators were called to the 14000-block of Elton Drive in Cresaptown, Maryland for the report of a double-shooting just before 2:30 p.m.

When troopers arrived, they found a woman and man in a bedroom suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Emergency care procedures were performed on the woman, later identified as 44-year-old, Christine M. Andrews; she was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, officials say.

The man, who was later identified as 47-year-old, Todd C. Andrews was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation. They obtained a search warrant for the residence and the scene was processed by Maryland State Police crime scene technicians. A handgun was found beside the body of Todd Andrews.

Preliminary investigation determined that two of the couple’s children and a friend arrived at the home during the shooting. They were not threatened or injured in the incident. Investigators learned Todd and Christine Andrews had recently separated. An initial check found no reports concerning domestic violence involving the couple.

Both bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies. The investigation is continuing.

Additional assistance was provided by investigators from the Combined County Criminal Investigations Unit, the Cumberland Police Department, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack, Criminal Enforcement Division and Forensic Sciences Division.

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