Precinct 4 said deputies responded around 7:30 p.m. to a 911 call from family members who said they were worried after not hearing from a sister or her husband for several hours.
Deputies went to the Woods of Inverness Apartments on Inverness Forest Boulevard just north of Cypress Creek Parkway. Family members told them they saw through a partially open window blind, their sister inside the apartment unresponsive and bleeding. Deputies forced their way into the couple’s home and found a 24-year-old woman and 26-year-old man dead with apparent gunshot wounds and a weapon nearby, investigators said.
“The apartment was secured from the inside. And at this time, it appears to be a murder-suicide situation,” Sgt. G. Pikins, with HCSO Homicide, said. “The couple has been married for six years. And as of right now we don't have any background of any type of domestic violence at this point we're still looking into that.”
Deputies said the couple had no children.
They are still trying to figure out a motive for the shooting.
This was the second apparent murder-suicide in the Houston area on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, a man shot a woman multiple times in a car in the parking lot of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus before turning the gun on himself in the passenger seat on Sunday, according to the Houston Police Department.
Resources for victims of domestic or family violence
Domestic and family violence cases in the Houston area have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel scared, helpless or ashamed.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are some discreet ways to reach out for help.
The Family Time Crisis Center can also be reached 24 hours a day at 281-446-2615.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 88788.
Resources for suicide prevention
Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs of suicide and taking them seriously. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
You can also reach out to UT Physicians here.