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4:27 AM Mon, Jan. 21st

YCSO believes Gov't Canyon deaths were a murder-suicide

PRESCOTT – A Kirkland man and a Prescott woman died over the weekend in what appears to be a homicide-suicide at the Cactus Trailer Park in Government Canyon.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) spokeswoman Sharon Wachter said that based on the initial investigation, it appears that 45-year-old Dennis A. Deck shot 35-year-old Kami Denise Storey in the head before he turned the weapon on himself.

"They (deputies) found the weapon near the man," Wachter said, adding that it appears that the victims knew each other, but it is unclear how they were related.

According to the YCSO report, on Saturday evening a woman requested a welfare check on her friend in the 200 block of Cactus Drive. The caller reportedly told deputies that she was on the phone with Storey when the call was abruptly disconnected.

At the residence, deputies reportedly found the front door slightly open. After announcing their presence and not receiving a response, they entered the home and immediately discovered Deck's body. He appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound to his head.

Deputies reportedly continued to search the home and discovered Storey lying on a bed in the master bedroom. She reportedly was gasping for air and appeared to have been shot in the head as well.

Central Yavapai Fire District crews took Storey to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment. From there, emergency personnel took her to Barrows Medical Center in Phoenix, where doctors pronounced her dead early Sunday morning.

Wachter said that at this point YCSO is not ready to disclose information about the weapon used in this incident until after a medical examiner performs autopsies on the victims' bodies, which is likely to occur today.

YCSO Det. Frank Barbaro is conducting interviews with witnesses to determine a motive for the shooting deaths.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call Barbaro at 771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

YCSO didn't release any information about this incident until after press time on Monday.