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Shotgun blast killed Tenino chief's wife, autopsy shows

An inter-jurisdictional team of detectives are looking into a possible shooting that unfolded Sunday afternoon at a residence on the 4500 block of Beckonridge Lane in Lacey.
An inter-jurisdictional team of detectives are looking into a possible shooting that unfolded Sunday afternoon at a residence on the 4500 block of Beckonridge Lane in Lacey. The Olympian

TENINO - Tenino Police Chief Sean Gallagher’s wife died of a shotgun blast to the head, according to Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock.

Lacey police found Marlo Gallagher, 43, dead in her home Sunday afternoon in the 4500 block of Beckonridge Lane Southeast after learning that a firearm had been discharged.

Lacey police Lt. Phil Comstock said Tuesday that investigators think the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. However, the final determination will not be made until after the Coroner’s Office receives a toxicology report, which could take six to eight weeks.

Comstock said he doesn’t know who owns the shotgun that killed Marlo Gallagher. She and her husband were the only people in the home at the time of her death Sunday, Comstock has said.

An inter-jurisdictional team of detectives is investigating. Tumwater police detective Jennifer Kolb is the lead investigator.

Sean Gallagher has been chief of the Tenino Police Department for about a year. He was unavailable for comment Monday.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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