Woman shot dead in suspected murder-suicide attempt

A WOMAN aged in her 50s has been shot dead in front of her elderly mother in a suspected attempted murder-suicide at a house in Perth.

Police were called to the woman’s home on Scouler Way in the suburb of Bateman just before 7pm on Friday after neighbours reported hearing gunshots.

Officers arrived to find the woman deceased and a man aged in his 60s, believed to be her former husband, seriously injured outside the home.


It’s alleged the man shot his ex-wife twice before shooting himself in the head.

He survived, however, and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with critical head injuries. He remains there this evening, under police guard.

It’s understood the deceased woman’s elderly mother was visiting from overseas and witnessed the horrific incident.

Kenneth Cheok was walking past the Scouler Way home at the time and called police after being waved down by the deceased woman’s frantic mother.

Speaking to 10 News First, Mr Cheok said he saw the elderly woman’s adult daughter “lying in a pool of blood”.

“When I looked at her, she wasn’t breathing at all … it looked like she was dead,” Mr Cheok said.

“I looked closer at the man and he had shot himself in the head I think … there was a big hole in his head.”

The Scouler Way home was declared a crime scene and a firearm was seized from the property.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
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Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast