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One dead in Houma attempted murder, suicide

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Posted: Jan 12, 2011 12:40 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 12, 2011 12:40 PM
Source: Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: houma, terrebonne, parish, attempted murder, suicide, shooting, couple, home, fitness, wbrz, louisiana

HOUMA – One man is dead and his wife in the hospital after authorities in Terrebonne Parish say he tried to kill her, and then shot himself.

Major Malcolm Wolfe says 57-year-old Larry Blanchard was pronounced dead at the couple’s home this morning.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call this morning from someone who claimed Blanchard’s wife, 29-year-old Nicole Blanchard, had been shot and wasn’t able to talk. Deputies were able to get Nicole on the phone, asking her questions while she pressed the keypad to answer. She told them her husband had shot her, and she was lying in their bedroom.

The parish SWAT team arrived and entered the residence; Wolfe said they found Larry Blanchard also in the bedroom with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Wolfe said Nicole Blanchard is undergoing surgery for the gunshot wound to her mouth, and that the couple owned the Body Elite Fitness Company of Houma.

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