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Deputies investigate apparent murder-suicide in Oldsmar

Detectives believe a 53-year-old man shot his wife and then himself.

Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of domestic violence and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ or call the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay by dialing 2-1-1.

OLDSMAR — Deputies are investigating a murder-suicide at a residence Monday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to 1540 Huntleigh Court at about 1 p.m. after a gunshot was heard at the location that morning. Inside, they found Shawna Katz, 41, and John Katz, 53, both dead from gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

John Katz’s wound appeared to be self-inflected. “Detectives believe John Katz shot Shawna Katz and then took his own life,” the agency said.

His LinkedIn page suggests John Katz was a franchise owner of Jimmy Hula’s, a surf-themed restaurant at Clearwater Beach.

Detectives continue to investigate.

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