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Police investigate murder-suicide in Elmwood Place

ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio (WKRC) -- Police in Elmwood Place investigate an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators say 59-year-old Zarrell West and 30-year-old Fallon Hale were found dead Thursday night.
Police were called to an apartment building on 66th Street and Hasler Lane at about 9:30 p.m. Police say West's son was checking on his father because he hadn't been able to contact him all day. When the son arrived at the apartment, he found West down on the ground. He called police and police also discovered Hale's body.  West and Hale were pronounced dead at the scene.

Both West and Hale were shot once.  They say a heated argument led to the murder-suicide.  Police say no one in the neighborhood heard the gunshots. Police say they had been called to that same apartment Wednesday for a report of a stolen gun. They don't know yet if that's connected.

West and Hale knew each other and neighbors say she was a frequent visitor to his apartment.  Police told Local 12 the two were sitting on a couch with they got into an argument.  Investigators say that West shot Hale in the head and then turned the gun on himself.  Police have not released what led up to that argument. 

Neighbors are surprised by the shooting. 

Deborah Jones, a neighbor, said, "I'm shocked!  I'm really shocked.  I knew squirrel.  I didn't know his dad real well but I had met him.  But, I'm shocked."

"It's pretty traumatizing seeing two people brought out in body bags from where you're supposed to be able to go home, you know?  I don't understand, it's senseless," said neighbor Katrina Montgomery as she wiped tears from her face.

An aunt says Hale had two children, ages 12 and 7. They had been staying with another family member. The aunt says Hale had a troubled past but was trying to get her life together.

West had just lost his mother a few days ago. His son was attending her funeral Friday.

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