Apr 11, 2012 7:34 AM by AP
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.