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4:51 AM Mon, Jan. 21st

Prescott police label deaths murder-suicide

PRESCOTT - Police confirmed Monday that the deaths of a man and woman found with gunshot wounds Saturday in the bedroom of a Prescott home were a murder-suicide, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

"Shortly before noon on Saturday, we were called to the 3000 block of Mountain Lake Road after the roommate of the resident found the resident dead as the result of a gunshot wound," Reinhardt said.

"Also in the residence was the victim's estranged husband, who was also dead of a gunshot wound. Both were found inside the victim's bedroom."

Prescott police detectives said their preliminary investigation indicated that the victim, Lara Vondran-Dagle, 59, of Prescott, was shot and killed by Ned Dagle, 62, of North Phoenix, who then turned the gun on himself, Reinhardt said.

"The Medical Examiner's Office, after performing an autopsy, confirmed that belief," Reinhardt said.

Detectives learned that Vondran-Dagle and Dagle had been married for five years, had been separated for the past four months and were in the process of getting a divorce, Reinhardt said.

Vondran-Dagle's roommate told detectives she did not hear anything, but she did find the bodies, Reinhardt said.

"We did have the detectives canvass the neighborhood and they spoke to two separate people who heard what sounded like gunshots in the early morning hours," Reinhardt said.

Reinhardt added that police had not been called out to the home, but they had spoken to Vondran-Dagle before.

"On Dec. 21, 2009, Lara went to the Prescott Police Department to report a delayed domestic violence incident in which she alleged that Ned had assaulted her on Dec. 13," Reinhardt said.