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Clairton Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
January 17, 2018
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A married couple died at their home Wednesday morning in Clairton in what appears to have been a murder-suicide, Allegheny County police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Robert Lewis, 72, and his wife, Louise, 73. A spokesperson said both were pronounced dead at their home in the 900 block of School Street from apparent gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives said that Robert Lewis appeared to have shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself, but that their investigation was ongoing.

Clairton police and paramedics were dispatched to the Lewis home at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday when a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a woman, later identified as Louise Lewis, was lying motionless on the porch.

When they arrived at the scene, police said they found the front door standing open and a man, later identified as Robert Lewis, motionless inside.

A strong odor of natural gas was present in the house, police said, and emergency personnel found that a fire had been set near a clothes dryer. The fire was put out and natural gas service to the home was turned off, police said.

County police said in a prepared statement that "there is no suspicion that any other parties were involved in the deaths." Autopsies will be conducted Thursday to determine the cause and manner of death, the medical examiner's office said.

The Lewises had lived in the home since the early 1990s, according to county tax records.

Originally published January 17, 2018.

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