The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 1:00 am

Man kills woman, self inside home

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A man fatally shot himself in a home southwest of downtown days after killing a woman, authorities said Tuesday.

Police discovered the pair about noon Monday in the 2000 block of Riedmiller Avenue near Eagle Street during a well-being check prompted by neighbors concerned newspapers were piling up outside.

Donna Sue Taylor, 48, died from a gunshot, the Allen County coroner said. The coroner ruled her death a homicide, the county's ninth this year.

Nathan Allen Butler, 61, died by suicide from a gunshot to the head, the coroner said.

Butler shot Taylor before shooting himself, Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena confirmed. She noted the events likely happened days – if not a week – apart.

The nature of the adults' relationship is unclear, but police do not believe they were married, Rosales-Scatena said.

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