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Police investigating apparent murder-suicide at Minnesota nursing home

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Authorities in southern Minnesota are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place Friday evening at a nursing home in Worthington.

The Worthington Police Department received a 911 call at 9:55 p.m. Friday from staff members at Crossroads Care Center, reporting the firing of gunshots in a private room at the facility. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found George Droust, 87, sitting on a bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Doris Droust, 86, was found lying in an adjacent bed, also with a gunshot wound to the head.

A handgun was recovered in the room, according to a Worthington Police Department news release. George Droust was a Worthington resident, and Doris Droust resided at Crossroads Care Center.

Worthington police officers, Nobles County deputies and Sanford Ambulance personnel performed first aid on both of the individuals, the news release added, and both George and Doris Droust were transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center. They were later transferred to Sioux Falls, S.D., where they were both pronounced dead.

Authorities did not release additional information.

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