PD: 2 dead in Lawrence murder-suicide

2 teens taken to hospital

LAWRENCE, Ind. - Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a residence in Lawrence early Tuesday.

Just before 5 a.m., police were called to the Salem Courthouse apartment complex in the 5800 block of Agawam Drive, dispatchers said.

Homicide investigators said a man bludgeoned his wife to death before fatally shooting himself.

The man was later identified as 31-year-old Jeffrey Nelson, a maintenance worker at the complex.

Witnesses said he had been drinking and acting strangely.

Witnesses said after Nelson killed his wife, Shelly Nelson, 31, he went to the rear of the building and shot himself in the head.

Two teens inside the apartment suffered head wounds and three younger children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services, police said.

"It's unfortunate that potentially children could have possibly witnessed an incident here at this location. We just want to have people be mindful of the children," said Capt. Curtis Bigsbee with the Lawrence Police Department.

Officials said the two 15-year-old girls were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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