Police ID two dead in West Linn murder suicide

They were identified Thursday morning as David Cote, 34, and Bethany N. Schuch, 35. The two were acquainted, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brian Jensen.

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WEST LINN, Ore. — Two people are dead after a shooting in West Linn Wednesday afternoon that appears to be a murder-suicide, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

They were identified Thursday morning as David Cote, 34, and Bethany N. Schuch, 35. The two were acquainted, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brian Jensen.

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Just after 1:30 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a shooting incident in the 400 block of Alderwood Drive in West Linn.

A 911 caller said she saw Cote arrive at the home. He was carrying a large firearm with a scope, Jensen said. The caller heard gunfire and said Schuch had been shot outside the home.

Initially, police believed Cote had fled the scene and tactical officers were called. Nearby roads and parks were closed and schools were placed on lock-out status, he said.

When police arrived at the home, they found the two dead in a breezeway between the house and garage.

Schuch had suffered several gunshot wounds. Cote had what investigators believe was a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Anyone with information is asked to leave information online or via a tip line 503-723-4949. Please make reference to CCSO Case #18-006507.

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