PHOENIX — A couple has been found dead inside their west Phoenix home in
what authorities are calling a murder-suicide.
Phoenix police say 52-year-old Manuel Olivas fatally shot his common-law wife
before turning the gun on himself Wednesday morning.
Police say Olivas and 52-year-old Maryann Valenzuela Fernandez had a common-law
marriage of nearly 30 years.
Investigators say Olivas reportedly got into a bedroom argument with his wife,
who called out to her brother for help.
The brother told authorities that he ran to the bedroom and forced the locked
door open just as Olivas was firing the fatal shot.
He says Olivas threatened him with the gun, but then turned it and shot
Officers arrived at the home about 9:30 a.m. Olivas and Fernandez both were
declared dead at the scene.