Tiverton man among two found shot to death in Swansea


Police say that one of two people found shot to death in Swansea Sunday was a Tiverton  man.

Swansea Police and Massachusetts State Police detectives continue to investigate an apparent murder-suicide which occurred yesterday evening in Swansea, Mass.

Bristol County District Attorney's Office C. Samuel Sutter said Monday morning at 10:50 a.m. that the deceased party found in the motor vehicle on Stephen French Road has been identified as 37-year-old Mitchell Stevenson of Tiverton.  The individual found deceased in the home at 375 Stephen French Road has been identified as 43-year-old Christian Wilson.

The investigation has revealed that the individuals were known it each other.  Police say a dispute arose between the parties over money.  It is believed the Mr. Stevenson drove to Mr. Wilson's home on Stephen French Road to collect money owed. It is believed that an argument ensued between the parties at which point Mr. Wilson brandished a firearm and fired multiple shots at close range, striking Mr. Stevenson who was seated in his motor vehicle.

Mr. Wilson then retreated into his home and, almost immediately, a single gunshot was heard.  Mr. Wilson was found by police in his home and observed with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  According to police, Mr. Wilson did have license to possess a firearm.

This matter remains under investigation.


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