Husband, wife dead in apparent murder-suicide in Lacey

LACEY, Wash. -- Thurston County sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide shooting that left a husband and wife dead near Lacey Wednesday.

A passing driver spotted the bodies just after 2 p.m. alongside 56th Ave. NE west of Marvin Rd. NE and called 911, according to Greg Elwin with the Thurston Co. Sheriff's Office.

The 39-year-old woman was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, Elwin said. The 51-year-old man, had a gun shot wound to the face and died on the way to the hospital.

"The gun that was used was right next to the bodies, and it appears they were husband and wife," said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer of the Thurston County sheriff's office.

The Thurston County Coroner later identified them as Brenda and Ronald Ray of Lakewood.

Lakewood police rushed to the Rays' apartment after gleaning their identity from the car's registration and found the couple's two teenaged children. The kids were not hurt.

Elwin said they are still investigating what led up to the shooting.