2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at South Nashville apartment complex

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at an apartment complex in South Nashville.

Officers responded after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to a report of gunshots fired at the complex on Murfreesboro Pike near Spence Lane. When they arrived, they found 39-year-old Julio Escalon Ruiz and his girlfriend, 46-year-old Maria Lopez with gunshot wounds.

Julio Escalon Ruiz
(Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Ruiz’s 14-year-old daughter reported to investigators that the three of them had eaten dinner when Ruiz and Lopez went to a back bedroom together. The teen then heard gunshots and a scream followed by more gunshots.

When the girl entered the bedroom, she found her father and Lopez both shot and called her mother to come to the apartment.

Investigators say Lopez had been shot multiple times, and Ruiz was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was found on Ruiz.

At the time of the shooting, Ruiz was free on a $1,500 bond for a July 25 domestic assault involving Lopez. He admitted to slapping Lopez’s calf after an argument turned physical.

Detectives said this appeared to be a domestic murder-suicide, but the fatal shooting remains under investigation.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255.

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