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Identities Released in Gardiner Murder-Suicide

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GARDINER -

The names of two Gardiner residents killed in an apparent murder-suicide are released.

Authorities say Debi J. Roberts, 59, died after being shot by her ex-boyfriend 63-year-old Steve A. Cole.

Undersheriff Scott Hamilton says Roberts called emergency services around 4:30 Thursday afternoon to report a man was trying to break into her home and had already shot at her.

When Park County Deputies and Yellowstone Park Rangers arrived, they found Roberts critically injured and Cole, already dead.

Even though emergency responders attempted to save her life, Roberts died at the scene.

Hamilton says Cole had a history of domestic violence, including criminal charges, though it is unclear if any of it was ever directed at Roberts.

The two had previously been in a relationship years ago.

"We're keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers," said Hamilton. "I've worked in Park County for the Sheriff's Office for 27 years and I can't remember any incident like this is Gardiner."

Hamilton says the last homicide in Park County happened in October of 2006.

An autopsy was performed on both Roberts and Cole on Friday in Bozeman. Those results have not been released yet.
   

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