The State Medical Examiner’s Office says the deaths of a Temple couple was a murder-suicide..

Autopsies on Thomas and Michelle Masse showed that both died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police were called to the home after Masse called the Franklin Sheriff’s dispatch center about 5:50 am and said he was going to shoot himself.

The first police responders to the home were Franklin Deputy Bradley Scovil and Farmington Police Officer Kevin Lemay. Shortly after arriving about 6am, Scovil called the cell phones of the couple, but with no success.  Additional calls were made to the home after State Troopers and other deputies arrived.  The State Police tactical team and their crisis negotiation team began arriving at the home by mid morning.

Tactical Team members entered the home  about 12:30 and found the two bodies in two separate rooms.  Michelle Masse’s body was in the bath tub and Thomas Masse’s body was sitting in a chair in the living room with a handgun by his side. Investigators say Masse shot his wife,  and then shot himself.


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