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Deputies investigating murder-suicide involving man, woman in Oldsmar

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 05, 2019

OLDSMAR, Fla. -- Deputies the deaths of two people in Oldsmar they concluded to be a murder-suicide.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from a condominium in the Eastlake Woodlands Country Club neighborhood Tuesday night.

No one answered the door when deputies arrived at the condominium around 10:14 p.m. The deputies made a forced entry inside the condominium and found the bodies of 51-year-old Benjamin First and a 52-year-old woman. Both had been shot.

The slain woman's family told detectives they were worried for the woman's safety because of a history of apparent domestic violence between the her and First.

First was charged with aggravated battery, battery, domestic battery by strangulation, tampering with a witness and grand theft in 2015.

Officials did not specify if the 52-year-old woman was the victim of the 2015 incident.