Authorities: Therapist killed himself and mother of patient

MONROVIA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama therapist fatally shot the mother of one his patients before killing himself.

Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Donny Shaw tells that 43-year-old Jonathan Neil Coffman killed 36-year-old Sunshine Price Pauly outside of her Monrovia home Friday and then shot himself. Shaw says Coffman was a therapist and treated Pauly’s 7-year-old son.

News outlets report deputies were called when a woman reported she was in danger and a man was at her home with a gun. Authorities say the man and woman were dead from gunshot wounds when deputies arrived.

The woman’s 7-year-old child was there but remained unharmed. Shaw says family members are taking care of the child.

Investigators say they are still working to determine a motive for the murder-suicide.

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