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Jamestown deaths ruled murder-suicide

Casey Gene Jensen (left), Cherish Ranae Petersen (right)

Two people whose bodies were discovered in a Jamestown home Sunday died by murder-suicide, according to Scott Edinger, chief of police.

Edinger said in a news release issued Wednesday that the deaths could have occurred more than 24 hours before they were discovered.

Police officials identified the two individuals Tuesday as Casey Gene Jensen, 33, and Cherish Ranae Petersen, 26. They were in a domestic relationship and occupied the home at 1906 4th St. NE.

Edinger said Petersen died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head while Jensen died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A Winchester rifle and two shell casings were recovered at the scene.

The bodies were initially discovered by the fathers of the two deceased individuals, Edinger said.

Edinger said police were called to the scene at 5:49 Aug. 6, but a report from the medical examiner indicates the time of the shooting as either the late evening hours of Aug. 4, or the early morning hours of Aug. 5.

A 3-month-old baby was taken from the scene at the time of its discovery Sunday. The child was treated at Jamestown Regional Medical Center for dehydration and released to family members.

The investigation was conducted by the Jamestown Police Department and Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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