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DENHAM SPRINGS, La. Authorities are investigating a possible murder-suicide of an estranged couple in which a man apparently shot his wife and then killed himself.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Livingston Parish deputies were called to a home on Grand Turk Drive in the Denham Springs.

'My deputies discovered the bodies of a male and a female, both deceased from apparent gunshot wounds,' Sheriff Jason Ard said.

Detectives identified the man as 38-year old Marlon Reed Sr. and the woman was identifeid as 35-year old Aleria Cyrus Reed. The couple was married but currently separated. They have two small children.

'We've learned Marlon J. Reed, Sr. was staying at the Denham Springs residence with the couple's children. Aleria Cyrus Reed was residing with relatives in Baton Rouge. Through our investigation, we've learned that she was at the Denham Springs residence to visit the children. That's when the shooting occurred. We believe through the facts gathered that Marlon J. Reed Sr. shot his wife and then turned the handgun on himself,' Ard said.

Ard said deputies had been called to home before for alarm activation-type calls, not 'for any type of domestic-related issues or for incidents of violence.'

Aleria Cyrus Reed had filed a petition for a protective order in Livingston Parish, alleging domestic abuse involving her husband, and the order was active, Ard said.

The deaths remain under investigation and post exams are being conducted on the deceased under the direction of the Livingston Parish Coroner.

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