Monday, April 30, 2018

A commercial airline pilot and a recently retired flight attendant: Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in southern Martin County, Florida, home



MARTIN COUNTY — A loving husband and wife who enjoyed golf and travel.

A commercial airline pilot and a recently retired flight attendant who seemed happy and cared for three feral cats.

That’s how neighbors Sunday described Paul Le Poullouin, 61, and his 53-year-old wife, Claudia, who lived in a neat home in a quiet neighborhood on Southeast Merritt Way in southern Martin County.

Martin County Sheriff’s officials are investigating their deaths after a Friday night emergency call from Claudia Le Poullouin.

“She said that her husband had a gun and was going to kill her,” Detective Dan Dulac said Sunday. “The dispatcher told her to get away from him, to get to a different room and then the shots went off. The whole call lasted approximately 30 seconds before the shots were fired.”

Dulac said it appears Paul Le Poullouin shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. A 9mm handgun was found next to Paul Le Poullouin.

“It was pretty apparent what happened,” Dulac said. “She told us exactly what was about to happen on the phone, so there weren’t any real mysteries with the investigation.”

Dulac said investigators are working to determine why.

“I’ve talked to the family and neighbors and friends and nobody really had much of an inclination that there was a problem to this extent,” he said.

The Le Poullouins were taken to a hospital but died.

Neighbor Mary Norris Greene, 85, said she knew the couple for 20 years.

“They were both very dear friends,” she said. “It was heartbreaking, but we’re a very close community.”

Norris Greene said they were always happy.

Norris Greene’s daughter, Stacia Norris, 60, said they enjoyed travel and golfing. They had no children.

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