Montgomery County Police

Man, Woman Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Montgomery County

A man in his 80s is believed to have shot his wife and then himself in Damascus, Maryland

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Two people died in a domestic-related homicide in a Damascus home early Christmas morning, authorities say.

Montgomery County police say Bruce Tucker, 84, shot his wife, Deborah Tucker, 54, and then called a family member. The relative called 911 and said the husband planned to shoot himself as well.

Police arrived at the Tuckers' home in the 28900 block of Kemptown Road shortly before 8 a.m. and found both Deborah Tucker and Bruce Tucker with apparent gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead.

"I'm just shocked," says Nancy Bittle, one of the Tuckers' neighbors. "Because they were both so nice. I can't believe somebody would do this."

The couple owned and managed a 51-acre property called Valhalla Manor Venue, which they rented out for weddings and receptions.

The investigation is ongoing.

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