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Benson Police: Two Dead In Early Morning Shootings

Posted August 8, 2005 2:54 a.m. EDT

— A shooting early Monday Morning that ended with two people dead appeared to be a murder-suicide, the Benson Police Department said.

At about 6:20 a.m., officers were called to a house on

West Church Street

, where they found two victims.

Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said that it appeared Terrence Olando Savage, 32, shot his wife, Tammie White Savage, 36, with a .9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun, while she lay in bed and then turned the gun on himself.

Terrence Savage, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had apparently shot himself in the lower right abdomen, Edwards said. Tammie Savage had been shot once in the back of the head, but was still breathing and had a pulse. She was taken by ambulance to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, but died en route.

Tammie Savage's 12-year-old daughter was also in the house and witnessed Terrence Savage commit suicide, the police department said. She was able to leave the house with another child and notify authorities.

Both victims were sent to the state medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for further investigation.