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Person County couple dead in murder-suicide

Posted December 8, 2010 6:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2010 6:36 a.m. EST

— The Person County Sheriff's Office was investigating a murder-suicide Wednesday involving a husband and wife.

Evonne Coleman, 56, called authorities at 2:22 p.m. to say that her husband, William Coleman Sr., 55, had assaulted her at their home at 9276 Dirgie Mine Road in Roxboro, according to Sheriff Dewey Jones.

The woman said her husband did not have any weapons, and the dispatcher was unable to get any more information from her.

Once deputies got to the scene, they found Evonne Coleman dead on the porch, Jones said. Her husband was sitting in a chair on the porch with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He had a .45-caliber gun in his hand and was unconscious but still breathing, Jones said.

William Coleman Sr. was flown to Duke University Hospital, where he died, according to Jones.