Police: Married couple dead after murder-suicide in west Columbus


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two people are dead in a suspected murder-suicide on Columbus’ west side Saturday afternoon.

According to Columbus Police, officers responded to the 5500 block of Winterberry Drive at approximately 2 p.m. Police have identified the victim as Deborah Butler, 50, who was killed by her 56-year-old husband, Anthony Butler.

According to police at the scene, the incident started as a domestic dispute between the couple. Police said the man shot his wife during the dispute, then turned the gun upon himself.

The couple was pronounced dead at the scene by Columbus EMS at 2:22 p.m.

“Please think before you pull that trigger, is it really worth it?” Columbus Police Lt. Wade Spears said at the scene. “Is it worth you ruining your life, as bad as well as the person that you feel has either disrespected you or harmed you in some way? Is it really worth taking two lives?”

This is the 133rd homicide in Columbus for 2021.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4730.

If you need help, call the Ohio Domestic Violence Network at 614-781-9651 or reach out to your local domestic violence program, which can be found by searching on odvn.org.

Many programs offer emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups, and counseling.

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