Apparent murder-suicide in Falls Church

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News release from the Fairfax County Police Department

Fairfax County Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Falls Church area.

A man and woman were found dead outside an apartment building Tuesday morning. Officers responded to the 3100 block of South Manchester Street after a delivery driver reported a shooting. Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Christopher Brooks and 30-year-old Katherine Martell dead.

Police say it appears Brooks hit Martel with a Nissan SUV. He then shot her prior to shooting himself. Brooks and Martell had a child together. The child was not at the scene and is safe with a family member. Martell lived in the building near where the shooting occurred.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting autopsies in the next few days to confirm cause of death.