The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is treating the death of a Clayton couple found dead in their home Monday night as an apparent murder-suicide.
Around 7:15pm, deputies responded to a call from the couple’s children, ages 11 and 16, who reported their parents were in a bedroom arguing. When the argument began to escalate, authorities said the two children went to a neighbors home to use the telephone to call 911 for help.
Sheriff’s office spokesperson Tammy Amaon said it appears Michael Summers, 46, shot and killed his wife, 45 year-old Jennifer Louise Summers, then turned the gun on himself.
Amaon said the sheriff’s office had a record of one prior domestic related incident involving the couple in May 2015.
The children were placed in the custody of their grandparents.