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Tuesday, Sep 18 2012 05:05 PM

Shafter deaths investigated as murder-suicide

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The shooting deaths of a Shafter couple are being investigated as a murder-suicide, and detectives said Tuesday that a 15-year-old boy was home at the time of the incident and discovered the bodies.

The name of the shooter is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to a Kern County Sheriff's Department news release. The woman found dead along with the suspect in a yard Monday has been identified as 32-year-old Patricia Flores.

The news release said detectives learned that the victim and the suspect were involved in a dating relationship and the two have a 9-month-old child. It's believed that the couple lived in the 29900 block of Orange Street for six months.

During that time, deputies responded to the residence eight times for various calls for service, including peace disturbances and theft reports, the news release said.

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