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2 Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Seven Corners Tuesday

(Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)

Two people are confirmed dead of an apparent murder-suicide in the 3100 block of Manchester Street in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Falls Church, police report.

Per Fairfax County police, officers responded to call in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County at 11:37 a.m. on Dec. 18 after a delivery driver reported a shooting. Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Christopher Brooks and 30-year-old Katherine Martell dead.  Preliminarily, according to the police, it appears Brooks hit Martel with a Nissan SUV. He then shot her prior to shooting himself. Fairfax County police report that they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety.

Brooks and Martell had a child together, according to the police. The child was not at the scene and was safe with a family member, per the Fairfax County police.

Martell lived in the building near where the shooting occurred.

Fairfax County Police’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting autopsies in the next few days to confirm cause of death.