2 dead in apparent murder-suicide after barricade identified

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (AP) – Authorities have released the names of a couple found dead in an apparent murder-suicide after barricading themselves in a home following a traffic stop during which police were fired upon.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office said 33-year-old Eric Messick of Walnutport and 25-year-old Emily Fatzinger of Greene Township in Pike County were pronounced dead Saturday night in the Upper Saucon Township home. Autopsies are planned Monday.

District Attorney Jim Martin said in a news conference Saturday night that their deaths were the result of an “apparent murder-suicide.” He said “One suspect shot the other, then killed himself.”

Police said the man fired at officers just before noon Saturday after police tried to pull them over on a parole violation. The couple then barricaded themselves in the home.

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