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Polk County Sheriff investigating an alleged cocaine-fueled double murder-suicide

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Jun 07, 2021

POINCIANA, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating three deaths in Poinciana after an early Sunday morning alleged double murder-suicide.

According to the sheriff's office, several 911 calls were received around 4:30 a.m. about a shooting on Divot Lane.

The sheriff's office said first responders found 34-year-old Jesus Nunez dead on a walkway in front of the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Inside the home, 36-year-old Yunieki Luis and 38-year-old Stephanie Ruiz were also found dead.

According to the sheriff's office, Nunez and Ruiz were in a relationship for 14 years and shared four children. The sheriff's office said, Saturday, family members and friends came to their home on Divot Lane. The family and friends told authorities Nunez drank alcohol and used cocaine throughout the day and became increasingly angry into the late evening. The family and friends also told detectives that the Nunez was very controlling and suspicious about his relationship with Ruiz, according to the press release.

Early Sunday morning, authorities said a woman inside the home woke up to the sound of gunfire. She ran out of a bedroom and allegedly saw Nunez screaming at Luis and shooting him in the living room, the sheriff's office said. According to the Polk County Sheriff, the woman ran back into the room and called 911, then got her three children and left. The sheriff's office said there were seven total children in the home that ran when the shooting started.

Authorities said after Nunez shot Luis, he broke down the door to the bedroom where Ruiz was and fatally shot her. The sheriff's office said the evidence shows he then went outside and shot himself.

The sheriff's office said autopsies will determine the exact cause of death.

"When you combine excessive amounts of alcohol, illegal drugs, and an explosive jealous temper, murder can occur. In addition, there are seven children and other family members whose lives will never be the same. None of this should have ever happened. Please keep these families in your prayers," Sheriff Grady Judd said.