Police: 2 found dead from gunshots to head were murder-suicide

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UPDATE: Police announced Tuesday they discovered Brittney Long and her former boyfriend, Duane J. Briggs, 24, of Freeport, dead from gunshot wounds to the head. Preliminary investigation results indicate Briggs shot Long and then shot himself, police said.

The incident remains under investigation. The Sterling Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and the Whiteside County Coroner’s Office.

EARLIER UPDATE: Sterling Police have released the names of the two people found dead inside a home on Sunday.

Duane Briggs, 24, and Brittney Long, 24, were found during a welfare check by police.

EARLIER UPDATE: An investigation is under way in Sterling after two people were found dead inside a home.

Sterling Police made that discovery Sunday a little after 6:30.

They were doing a welfare check on 1st Avenue when they found a 24-year-old man and woman dead inside.

The names are not being released yet.

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