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Authorities ID man, woman killed in apparent murder-suicide in Northeast Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO – A person and woman who died in a murder-suicide at a Northeast Bexar Count residence earlier this week have been recognized by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ardel Julius Couch, 26, and Stephanie Giselle Garcia, 23, each died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday at their residence in the 7000 block of Hickory Ridge, not removed from O’Connor Road.

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the capturing was the results of a home violence-type incident.

Deputies had been known as round 1:15 a.m. after receiving phrase from a woman saying she had been shot.

“Dispatched called back, a male answered and verified that he indeed shot a female within the residence and that his intent was to shoot her again and then kill himself,” Salazar stated.

BCSO stated the dispatcher tried to persuade the person to not shoot, however he as an alternative hung up. When Converse police and deputies arrived, they heard two gunshots inside the house.


Authorities compelled entry into the home and that’s once they discovered the person lifeless from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman was shot twice in the decrease a part of her physique and was rushed to a hospital in vital situation, however she later died, BCSO stated.

Salazar on Wednesday implored anybody in a dangerous or probably harmful relationship to not wait and to ask for assist.

To contact the Family Violence Prevention Services, the disaster hotline is 210-733-8810. Find extra resources for victims of home violence right here.

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