13-year-old found dead following apparent murder-suicide in Douglas County

FILE — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office stated there is no threat to the public in...
FILE — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office stated there is no threat to the public in connection with the incident.(KY3)
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 11:03 AM CST
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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. (KCTV) - A 13-year-old was killed in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Douglas County, Kansas.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a residence in the 700 block of E. 1550 Road, which is southeast of Lawrence, just after 7 a.m. for a possible shooting.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the person who had called 911 and found two bodies inside the residence.

In an update on Monday night, the police said they had been identified as 13-year-old Hayden Koch and 55-year-old David M. Koch.

The sheriff’s office said their investigation in ongoing but that their initial information and evidence indicates that 1) the girl died as a result of a gunshot wound and 2) her father died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The person who called 911 was not injured.

“The Sheriff’s Office is with this family in this most horrific time of tragedy, and we hope for healing and peace as they work through what is the most painful time no family should have to endure,” said Sheriff Jay Armbrister.

On Monday morning, the sheriff’s office had stated there was no threat to the public in connection with the case.