Sacto 9-1-1
August 15, 2011
Lincoln police say deaths appear to be murder-suicide

Lincoln Police today confirmed identities and circumstances in the deaths of two people inside a home in the 1500 block of Fourth Street.

Police said that evidence indicates that Noland Thomas, 67, shot his wife, Jo Ann Thomas, 71, and then killed himself.

City spokeswoman Jill Thompson said police dispatchers received a call about 4 p.m. Friday from a man who said he had shot his wife and was going to shoot himself.

Police arrived at the home within two minutes. When they arrived, officers reported hearing a pop that sounded like a gunshot.

Thompson said officers tried to make contact with occupants of the residence. When no one responded, they requested assistance from the Placer County Sheriff's Department SWAT team.

SWAT officers entered the house shortly after 6 p.m. and found two bodies.

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