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Emmett shooting, apparent suicide involved man and woman in 70s

Ada County SWAT officers responded to assist the Gem County Sheriff’s Office with a standoff that followed a shooting in a neighborhood north of Emmett. A woman was later found dead inside the house.
Ada County SWAT officers responded to assist the Gem County Sheriff’s Office with a standoff that followed a shooting in a neighborhood north of Emmett. A woman was later found dead inside the house. KIVI-TV, Channel 6

The Gem County Sheriff's Office Monday released names and a few new details on a Friday incident north of Emmett in which a man was found shot in front of a home and a woman was later found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The woman who died was Sharon O. Dillon, 75, and the initial gunshot victim was Rodney Deaton, 72, Gem County Sheriff's Capt. Dave Timony said. He declined to discuss the relationship between the two or whether one or both of them lived there, but a sheriff's office spokeswoman said Friday the two appeared to be a couple. The circumstances are still under investigation, Timony said.

Deaton, who reportedly suffered two gunshot wounds, was recovering and reported as stable at a Boise hospital over the weekend, Timony said. No other information about his condition or injuries was available Monday.

An emergency medical team responded to the home on Kathy Street north of Emmett late Friday morning after someone reported a man had fallen in front of a house. They discovered the man had been shot, and he was taken by air ambulance to a Boise hospital.

Gem County and other law enforcement agencies secured the neighborhood and tried to make contact with the person believed to be inside. It is unclear from investigators' public comments whether any contact was made, but the efforts continued well into the evening.

Ultimately the Ada County Metro SWAT team used a motorized robot to enter the home and found Dillon inside, Sheriff Chuck Rolland said in a news release Monday.

"She was alone in the house, and she was deceased," Timony said.

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