Man, woman found dead in apparent murder-suicide in Woonsocket

A cat was also found dead from an apparent gunshot wound but a dog was found alive and unharmed, according to police. 

WOONSOCKET, RI (WLNE) – Woonsocket police say they’re investigating an apparent “murder-suicide” after a man and woman were found dead in their shared apartment Wednesday.

Authorities were called to 706 Social Ave. around 4 p.m. Wednesday to a multi-apartment building to check the condition of two residents, police say.

When officers arrived they found a man and a woman dead in two separate rooms.

They were later identified as Tanya Gagnon, 44, and Charles Johnson, 43.

Police say each of them suffered an apparent single gunshot wound.

Evidence in the apartment lead investigators to rule the incident a “murder-suicide,” according to Woonsocket Police.

Police say their investigation revealed that Gagnon and Johnson had been in a domestic relationship for three years and lived together in the apartment since March.

No prior history of abuse or domestic-related calls for service had ever been made by the two, according to police.

A cat was also found dead from an apparent gunshot wound but a dog was found alive and unharmed, according to police.

The dog is currently staying at the Woonsocket Animal Shelter, police say.

Police say they believe that Gagnon is the victim in this investigation.

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