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Police say Air National Guard commander killed wife, himself

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GREAT FALLS - Great Falls police say the shooting deaths of a Montana Air National Guard commander and his wife were the result of a murder-suicide.

Autopsies have determined that 44-year-old Lt. Col. Don Mahoney shot his 40-year-old wife, Shelly Mahoney, before turning the shotgun on himself. Sgt. Jeff Newton did not comment on a motive and says the investigation has been closed.

Police went to the Mahoney home Thursday evening after a report of a domestic disturbance and found the bodies in a bedroom. Newton tells the Great Falls Tribune there were no signs of any other physical assaults before the shootings.

Don Mahoney was the maintenance squad commander for MANG and was a Great Falls police officer from 1997 to 2000. His wife taught fourth grade at Great Falls' Mountain View Elementary School since 2005.

The couple's three children and other family members were at the home during the shooting.


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