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Published September 17 2012

Police: Robbinsdale deaths were murder-suicide

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — Authorities say a 73-year-old man shot and killed a 27-year-old woman before killing himself at a Robbinsdale home last week.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office Monday identified the woman as Jennifer Michelle Smith, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police identify the man as Ronald West of Brooklyn Park.

Robbinsdale Police Chief Steve Smith tells the Star Tribune that police are classifying the deaths as a murder-suicide. He says West and Jennifer Smith knew each other for at least 10 years, and that West had "confronted her over some issues they had."

Jennifer Smith's 5-year-old son discovered the bodies in the home shortly before 9:30 a.m. Friday. Police recovered a gun at the scene.