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Illinois State Police say the deaths of a couple inside a central Illinois home appear to be a murder-suicide.

Master Sgt. Michael Atkinson says investigators believe 63-year-old Roger Sharp shot his 59-year-old wife Shirley in their White Heath home Thursday before turning the gun on himself.

Both Sharps died of single gunshot wounds to the chest.

Authorities say a female who sounded upset called police about 4 p.m. Thursday about a possible shooting at the Sharps' home.

When the Piatt County Sheriff's office called back, officers say Roger Sharp answered and said his wife was dead. He ended the call and didn't answer again.

Authorities evacuated the area and brought in a SWAT team. The couple were found dead hours later.

White Heath is about 15 miles west of Champaign.

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