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Morro Bay police identify apparent murder-suicide victim and suspect

Morro Bay murder-suicide investigation

Officials are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving two people in Morro Bay.
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Officials are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving two people in Morro Bay.

A man and woman found dead in a Greenwood Avenue home in a suspected murder-suicide Monday died from gunshot wounds, the Morro Bay Police Department said Tuesday.

The bodies of Angelica Ramos, 36, and Bryan Tuck, 47, were discovered inside the home on the 2400 block of Greenwood Avenue about 2:30 a.m. by a patrol officer who discovered the home’s door wide open, police Cmdr. Rick Catlett confirmed Tuesday morning.

Catlett declined to comment on whether a gun was recovered at the scene but said the initial investigation revealed that Tuck fatally shot Ramos and turned the gun on himself.

Catlett said a 4-year-old girl found safely in the living room of the home when officers eventually entered has been identified as the couple’s daughter. She remained in the care of family members Tuesday.

Tuck had been employed at Atascadero State Hospital since July 2009, according to the California Department of State Hospitals.

Police discovered the couple when a Morro Bay officer patrolling the neighborhood noticed the open front door. The officer received no response when he knocked, Catlett said, so the officer waited for a supervisor to arrive and the two checked the exterior of the home for signs of forced entry or any possible crime.

“It was a little weird. There were lights on all over the house,” Catlett said. “Typically, we train our officers to be proactive. When they see anything that appears unusual, the response is to go check it out.”

Finding no signs of a crime, the two walked back to secure the front door. When the officer reached inside to close the door, Catlett said, the officer saw a body lying in the nearby kitchen.

“Lawfully, we don’t have the ability to just walk into a house. But when the officer saw (the body) on the floor, they entered,” he said.

The girl was found in the living room, Catlett said, and the home smelled of gas. Fearing for their safety and that of the girl, the three left the house. The Fire Department was called in to shut off gas to the home. Catlett said investigators believe the gas was leaking from a stove that was left on inadvertently and was not connected to the suspected crime.

Though gunshot wounds are thought to be the cause of death, Catlett could not comment further about the weapon or other specifics in the case.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office assisted Morro Bay police in the investigation, which remained ongoing Tuesday.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

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