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UPDATE: Victims Identified in Lake County Homicide-Suicide

Florence and Kirk Brown of Big Arm died in the shootings early Wednesday morning

By Maggie Dresser
Lake County Courthouse in Polson on Feb. 22, 2017. Beacon file photo.

Two Lake County residents were fatally shot early Wednesday morning at a home in Big Arm in an apparent homicide-suicide, according to Sheriff Don Bell.

Just before 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, Lake County deputies received a report of a possible homicide-suicide where they found 79-year-old Florence Brown and her dog fatally shot. Her 48-year-old son, Kirk Brown, had also been shot but was still alive when authorities arrived on scene. However, he died after being transported to the hospital.

“The individuals shared the residence where the incident took place,” Sheriff Don Bell said in a press release. “Further investigation is taking place, but at this time it is evident that Kirk Brown shot and killed both his mother and her dog and then himself.”

The Lake County Sheriff and Coroner’s office and the state medical examiner are continuing investigations. The bodies have been transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Missoula.

This story has been updated with the victims’ identities.

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