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A couple in their 60s died in a murder-suicide, with the husband reportedly using a 12-gauge shotgun.


Prior to the Dec. 25 homicide of Katelynn Armand-Tylka in King City, there had not been a murder in the quiet suburban city since July 9, 2005.

A King City police officer responding to a 911 call from a concerned friend of Nancy Nagel, 64, and her husband, Roger Nagel, 69, found the couple dead of gunshot wounds to their heads in their home on King Charles Avenue.

Investigators found no signs of a forced entry or indications of a scuffle such as overturned or broken furniture, but there also was no suicide note, according to the August 2005 issue of the Regal Courier.

Police Chief Chuck Fessler told the Regal Courier at the time, "What prompted this — who knows? To be honest, I think it was a family dispute that went to the next level."

Investigators concluded that Roger Nagel shot his wife with a shotgun and then took his own life at some point afterwards. A 12-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene.

Fessler told the Regal Courier that King City police responded to the Nagels' address on at least two prior occasions before the murder/suicide, one at the request of the wife to remove a gun from the property. The gun was returned several months later.

After the Nagels' concerned friend called 011 at 11:58 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the officer arrived and saw through a window two unresponsive people inside with the doors locked. He called for emergency medical services and then broke the front door.

Armand-Tylka did not live in King City but was dropping off her child at the grandparents' home when her estranged husband James Tylka shot her, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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