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Bonne Terre man kills grandfather, then himself, St. Francois County coroner says

Bonne Terre man kills grandfather, then himself, St. Francois County coroner says

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UPDATED at 2:45 p.m. Monday with victims identified

BONNE TERRE — A man and his grandfather were shot to death in St. Francois County early Monday in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

St. Francois County Coroner James Coplin said investigators believe that Nicholas David Brown, 24, fatally shot his grandfather, James Ray Lange, in the chest and then fatally shot himself. Lange was 66 years old.

St. Francois County authorities received two calls about 6 a.m. Monday from inside the home at 9423 Woodleigh Drive -- one from the dying grandfather, and one from his wife. The home is in the Lake Timberline development area of St. Francois County, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Lange and Brown both lived in the home where their bodies were found.

St. Francois County Sheriff's Department officials said in a statement that a 71-year-old woman called them, saying she thought her grandson had shot her husband. She said she heard two shots at first, then a third.

Dispatchers also got a call a man who said he had been shot twice. During the phone call, the man became unresponsive. Police arrived and found the grandfather dead in the living room and the grandson dead on a bedroom floor.

Sheriff Dan Bullock could not be reached for comment. A relative of Brown declined to talk to a reporter.

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