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Police release details of Belmont County murder suicide

On Wednesday, law enforcement released details of a murder-suicide on New Year’s Day outside of St. Clairsville.

On Wednesday, law enforcement released details of a murder-suicide on New Year’s Day outside of St. Clairsville.

It turns out, authorities had paid a visit to the home just weeks before the fatalities.

Police responded to a home on Garrett Hill Road on around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 1

Chief Deputy James Zusack of the Belmont County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Barry Killeen called his daughter to say he had just shot his wife -- and her mother -- 46-year-old Stephanie Killeen.

Killeen's daughter called 911, activating the sheriff's office special operations branch.

Authorities had just arrived at the house when they heard a single shot and discovered the bodies.

Zusack says an earlier call to the home weeks prior ended without incident.

"We were there about a month ago,” Zusack said. “He was there by himself in the residence, making threats and to us -- law enforcement -- but eventually we did make contact with him and it ended peacefully. This was a tragic situation something that we have to deal with. Our hearts go out to the family members."

Zusack says all weapons were removed from the home the first time law enforcement was called there.

The incident remains under investigation.

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