Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in East Rockaway

Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of an elderly couple in East Rockaway Tuesday.

Police say they responded to a house on Judith Court Monday after someone dialed 911 but didnt respond to the emergency operator. They say it appears 64-year-old John Deachman shot his 61-year-old wife, Joan, and the family dog before killing himself.

Detectives are looking into the possibility that health issues led to the murder-suicide. They say one or both of the pair may have been sick.

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