Triple-0 call before gunshot death

The side entrance to the Maryborough residence was dusted for fingerprints.
The side entrance to the Maryborough residence was dusted for fingerprints. Nat Bromhead Hb

AN elderly Granville man who police believe shot dead his partner before turning the gun on himself, phoned Triple-0 minutes before he died.

Maryborough District CIB acting Detective Senior Sergeant Bruce Hodgins said Geoffrey Maxwell Spence, 69, and his partner Donna Margaret Osborne, 74, were found dead in their Odessa Street home a week ago.

“They’d both died from gunshot wounds to the head,” he said.

Det Snr Sgt Hodgins said it appeared Mr Spence had shot dead his partner and phoned Triple-0 but the operator could not work it out so a police officer phoned back and Mr Spence said there would be a murder suicide.

Police attended the address within minutes of the call, which was made about 3.30pm on December 28, and found the man’s body slumped over his partner in the laundry area of the home.

Det Snr Sgt Hodgins said autopsies were performed on the bodies in Brisbane on December 31 and the results would be sent to the coroner.

He said it was up to the coroner to release any findings.

Det Snr Sgt Hodgins said police did not know why the shooting occurred but had suspicions that a sensitive internal family matter might be involved.

He said the firearm was registered in Mr Spence’s name.

A special team of forensic investigators and officers from Brisbane and the Wide Bay spent hours gathering evidence at the scene last week.

Anyone in need of counselling can phone Lifeline on 131 114 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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