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Apr 11, 2012 7:34 AM by AP

Hessmer man shoots, girlfriend, kills himself

HESSMER, La. (AP) - Authorities say 34-year-old Hessmer man is dead and his girlfriend is in critical condition after being shot in the face during a domestic incident.

Avoyelles Parish sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk Dwayne E. Franks was found dead in his home and 26-year-old Michelle Lee was found with a gunshot wound in an adjacent yard after authorities responded to a call of a woman being shot around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies say Franks, Lee's boyfriend, shot himself in the head with a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Investigators believe that Franks and Lee became involved in a domestic dispute that led to Franks shooting Lee. Deputies say Lee fled the home to a neighbor's house where she collapsed.

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