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Police investigate death of couple in Lakatamia as possible murder-suicide (Update 2)

Police on Tuesday were trying to determine the conditions that led to the deaths of a couple found shot in a flat in Nicosia, in what appeared to be a murder suicide.

Christakis Christodoulou, 56, and 44-year-old Niki Shieftali were found shot dead in Christodoulou’s flat on Monday evening.

Police found a hunting shotgun at the scene along with what seems to be a suicide note written by the 56-year-old.

However, despite treating the case as a murder suicide, investigators were not certain as to who shot who.

“It is certainly a serious possibility that we are investigating, while with the facts we have of so far it seems that the involvement of a third party is ruled out,” police spokesman Christos Andreou said.

The pair were found dead in the living room. They were found by a relative at around 9.30pm who went looking for Christodoulou.

It is thought that the incident had taken place earlier in the day, but it seems no one heard the shots because other residents were at work.

Christodoulou bore a gunshot wound to the chest, while Shieftali appeared to be shot in the throat.

Police think Shieftali had handled the shotgun after finding a burn mark on her hand. Christodoulou, a divorced father of three, had left a goodbye note behind.

The couple had been together for the past few years, but reports said their relationship had been going through a rough patch of late.

Police hope a post mortem on Wednesday will shed more light on the circumstances.



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