Posted: Sep 16, 2011 5:18 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Two Slidell-area residents were found dead from gunshot wounds inside their home, authorities said Thursday.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said a man killed Carol Nilsson, 63, the Slidell city prosecutor's secretary, and then himself.
Melanie Comeaux, executive director of the parish coroner's office, told the Times Picayune that Nilsson died from a bullet wound to the head, and the man fatally shot himself in the mouth.
Deputies went to the couple's home late Wednesday after Nilsson failed to show up for a memorial service for her brother. Capt. George Bonnett, a sheriff's office spokesman, said the couple had not been heard from or seen since Tuesday morning.
Comeaux did not release the man's name because the office was still working to identify him. But Bonnett said the man had lived with Nilsson for about 10 years.
Deputies found Nilsson and the man lying near a handgun about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bonnett said.
Nilsson had worked for Slidell's municipal government since 1992. She started out as a communications officer with the city's police department but shortly after moved to and remained at the City Prosecutor's Office, said Rene' Johnson, Slidell's civil service director.
Most recently, she worked as an administrative assistant for prosecutor Reginald J. Laurent.
"She was very dedicated ... to the people she served," Johnson said. "We're always saddened to lose an employee who has been dedicated to the city - particularly under the circumstances that this happened."
Mayor Freddy Drennan lamented losing Nilsson to "a very tragic event."
"Our city family sends our prayers out," Drennan said.